Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled creation of "the first flag," Marla R. Miller thoroughly reconstructs the life behind the legend. This authoritative work provides a close look at the famous seamstress while shedding new light on the lives of the artisan families who peopled the young nation and crafted its tools, ships, and homes.
Lucretia Coffin Mott was one of the most famous and controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Now overshadowed by abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison and feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mott was viewed in her time as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial and sexual equality. History has often depicted her as a gentle Quaker lady and a mother figure, but her outspoken challenges to authority riled ministers, journalists, politicians, urban mobs, and her fellow Quakers.
From Booklist: The mother of three, the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate, and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai of Kenya understands how the good earth sustains life both as a biologist and as a Kikuyu woman who, like generations before her, grew nourishing food in the rich soil of Kenya's central highlands. In her engrossing and eye-opening memoir...Maathai describes the paradise she knew as a child in the 1940s, when Kenya was a "lush, green, fertile" land of plenty, and the deforested nightmare it became...
From Library Journal: "Because of the breadth and richness of these 61 selections, which demonstrate the evolution of women's autobiographical writing, this anthology is destined to become a classic....The collection is multicultural in scope, ranging, for example, from the poetry of Maya Angelou in the United States to the oral autobiography of Nisa, an African tribal member...."
Baker's skilled treatment of this controversial and little-understood First Lady clarifies many of the issues concerning her life and behavior, including her son's efforts at committing her to an asylum. This book was also among the first serious histories of presidential wives, and in telling the story of this tragic figure, illuminates both the politics of the Civil War era and the lives of women in the early Victorian period.
From Amazon.com: "Though she was born into slavery and subjected to physical and sexual abuse by her owners, Sojourner Truth, who eventually fled the South for the promise of the North, came to represent the power of individual strength and perseverance. She championed the disadvantaged--black in the South, women in the North--yet spent much of her free life with middle-class whites, who supported her, yet never failed to remind her that she was a second class citizen...."
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks died of breast cancer. Doctors saved some of her cells, which thrived in the lab for more than 20 years and and were crucial to several important medical discoveries, such as the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family lived in poverty, unaware of their mother's unwitting contribution to the medical field. Decades later, her family finally learned the truth. Skloot traces the story of Henrietta's life, her cells, and her family's discovery.
Red Azalea by Anchee Min is the memoir of a young girl growing up in China under Mao Zedong. In the late 1960s in red China, anyone could be tagged and disgraced as a criminal for saying the wrong thing. All of society was rearranged, and she is torn from her family and assigned to work in the fields, as were so many people from the cities. It is a colorful and personal story.
Libby Riddles’s adventure story of the first woman to win the Iditarod. At age 16 she left home for the snowy wilderness of Alaska, the Last Frontier. There her love of animals drew her to the sport of sled dog racing, and later entering the Iditarod, the famous marathon from Anchorage to Nome. Twelve hundred miles later, having conquered blizzards, extreme cold, and exhaustion, she and her dogs crossed the final stretch of sea ice, miles ahead of the nearest competitor.
From Amazon.com: "Cesar Chavez may have led the La Causa movement, but it was due to the tenacity of supporters like Jessie de la Cruz that the cause received national attention and influenced labor laws...."
From Publisher's Weekly: "Lee's indomitable spirit pervades this absorbing autobiography spanning much of the 20th century. Born in 1900, the author left Korea in 1905 with her family, as political refugees. Among the earliest Korean immigrants to America, they settled in California, where they faced a constant struggle for the bare necessities..."