Women's America Refocusing the Past Author:Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron de Hart Women's America is the most widely used anthology of American women's history. Organized chronologically, the book is divided into four sections which cover the span of women's experiences in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. Each section begins with a short introduction by the editors which sums up the particular historic... more »al era being covered and the scope of the documents which follow. The editors have carefully selected writings covering a range of aspects on the interaction of race, class, ethnicity, and gender in women's lives. Each of the roughly 90 essays and legal documents presented is prefaced with a brief headnote describing the piece's significance and historical context.
The fifth edition has been extensively revised and contains 34 new documents including several original essays written especially for this book. More material has been added about "anti feminist" women and about the impact of ethnicity in American culture. In addition, the bibliographic essay in the Further Readings section has been entirely rewritten to take into account the growing body of recent literature in the field.
Women's America is an ideal text for any course on women's history. It also makes a perfect supplement for more general survey courses on American history.« less