"Levy captured the excitement and challenges women experienced during the California Gold Rush by documenting the lives of Mary Ellen Pleasant, Lola Montez, Nancy Kelsey, and others. Discover how women accumulated fortunes trading baked pies for gold nuggets and parading with bears for weary miners!"
From Library Journal: "Karlsen has written an intriguing social history of witchcraft in Puritan New England (1620-1725). She unearths detailed evidence which demonstrates that prosecuted and accused witches generally were older, married women who had violated the religious and/or economic Puritan social hierarchy...."
From Amazon.com: "Beginning with the first wave of Mexican women crossing the border early in the century, historian Vicki L. Ruiz reveals the struggles they have faced and the communities they have built...."
From Amazon.com: "A collection of more than 140 articles on an array of topics, from the boring task of baking bread and the need to conserve natural resources, to the changes motor cars brought to her small town and role of the women in the work force and politics, sparkles with Wilder's timeless wit and wisdom."
From Amazon.com: "One of the premier mountaineers and world explorers of her generation, [Isabella Bird] was, in 1892, the first woman elected to London's Royal Geographic Society.... In this fascinating and highly original collection of essays, Karen Morin explores the self-expression of travel writers like Bird by giving geographic context to their work..."
From historian Shirley Hune: "This remarkable collection showcases the multiple ways in which women of color make history for themselves and others within and beyond U.S. borders. New studies combined with classic feminist writings make it an indispensable tool for advancing an inclusive women’s history."
From Camille: "Gordon–Reed opens her preface this way: 'It seems especially appropriate to tell one part of the story of slavery through life at a place that holds such symbolic importance for many Americans – Monticello. For it is there that we can find the absolute best, and the absolute worst, that we have been as Americans. We should not get too far into the twenty – first century without looking back at the Hemingses and their time to remember and learn.'"
"This comprehensive biography of Margaret Sanger examines the important struggle to secure contraceptive rights for American women enabling women to separate their sexuality from reproduction. Chesler argues, 'Every woman in the world today who takes her sexual and reproductive autonomy for granted should venerate Margaret Sanger.'"
From Library Journal: "...a thorough and engrossing social history of Chinese women in San Francisco, from the turn of the century through the end of World War II.... Yung illuminates the larger canvas of social change with the stories of specific women from the first and second generations and their quests to improve their lives."
From Amazon.com: "Carolyn Niethammer, writer and student of Native American life, has drawn on interviews with modern Indian women and early anthropologists' writings, as well as old songs, legends, and ceremonies in her research for Daughters of the Earth."
From Amazon.com: "Claire S. Chow deftly explores the many ways that women of Asian descent have forged a place for themselves in modern society. Drawing from the personal narratives of dozens of women from China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, Chow analyzes such common themes as coming of age, parental expectations, marriage and divorce, career experiences, family relationships, and aging..."
From Amazon.com: "This volume explores the roles black women played in their communities' social movements and the consequences of elevating women into positions of visibility and leadership. Martha Jones reveals how, throughout the 19th century, the "woman question" was at the core of movements against slavery and for civil rights..."
From the back cover: "The unique Chicana voice of Elizabeth Martinez arises from more than thirty years of experience in the movements for civil rights, women's liberation, and Latina/o empowerment. With sections on women's organizing, struggles for economic justice, and the Latina/o youth movement, De Colores Means All of Us will appeal to readers and activists seeking to organize for the future and build new movements for liberation."
From Amazon.com: "This comprehensive pictorial history tells the story of Black women in eight parts: Family Life, Work, Hair, Resistance, Class, Education, Religion and Community, and Inner Life. In addition to 302 carefully chosen images, the editors provide descriptive captions and quotations from letters, diaries, journals, and other sources."
From the author of the acclaimed Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, a landmark work of lesbian history that both "sets the record straight (or unstraight)" for all Americans and "provides a usable past" for lesbians "This is a book about how millions of American women became what they are now: full citizens, educated, and capable of earning a decent living for themselves. But it departs from other such histories because it focuses on how certain late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as 'lesbian' were in the forefront of the battle to procure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today." A groundbreaking reappraisal of those women known by history but whose histories are incomplete, To Believe in Women examines how their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments. Lillian Faderman, twice winner of the Lambda Award, persuasively argues that even before a "lesbian identity" was defined, many early female leaders had what would now be called lesbian relationships, free from the constraints of traditional heterosexual arrangements that might otherwise have impeded their pursuits in education, politics, and culture. A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, To Believe in Women will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.