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1 The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy

Price: 43.50 USD

Hanging Katherine Garrett: A Novel based on the 1737 Trial of a Pequot Woman, Abigail Davis

2 Hanging Katherine Garrett: A Novel based on the 1737 Trial of a Pequot Woman
Abigail Davis
2003, 5½x8½, paper, 234 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
In present-day Minneapolis a graduate student, Karla Palmer, discovers a sermon that was preached at the 1738 hanging of Katherine Garrett, a Pequot Indian woman who was executed for the murder of her bastard child. The baby's body was found in the barn of a Congregationalist minister to whom Katherine was bound as a servant. She pled not guilty at her trial and records show that a huge courtroom scene ensued when the verdict was announced. Karla, smelling a cover-up, follows the obscured paper trail into the past, back to the Pequot War, searching for the identity of the person Katherine accused of the murder, for the name of the father, and for who might have conspired to send an innocent woman to the gallows to be “Hanged up by the Neck between the Heavens & the Earth until She be Dead, Dead, Dead.”
Price: 20.00 USD

Providence: 1630-1800 — Women Are Part Of Its History, Barbara Mills

3 Providence: 1630-1800 — Women Are Part Of Its History
Barbara Mills
2002, 5½x8½, paper, index, 438 pp, Heritage Books
A true history of Providence cannot be written without acknowledging that women, as well as men, carved this new city out of the wilderness, shaped it, and gave it a permanence of which to be proud. Unfortunately, most accounts of Providence's early history have relegated the role of women to an occasional mention of a wife's name. A few individual biographical portraits of women have been written and "women's histories" have described clothes, home life, child care and such, but none have integrated women into the history of the city as a whole. In contrast, Ms. Mills not only includes women in this history, but emphasizes women-white colonists, Native Americans, indentured servants, and slaves. The women's role was so crucial from the beginning that it might be fair to say there would never have been a Providence if the men had not brought their wives and children with them when they came to this new land. Carefully footnoted, this unique approach should be of interest to historians and general readers alike. Numerous illustrations, maps, facsimile reprints of original documents, several family charts, a bibliography, and a full name plus subject index enhance this work.
Price: 27.95 USD

Women Short-Changed by History, Barbara Venton Montgomery, Ph.D

4 Women Short-Changed by History
Barbara Venton Montgomery, Ph.D
(1998), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, 110 pp, Heritage Books
This fascinating text brings to light the contributions of five women seldom, if ever, mentioned as more than passing characters in the rich pageant of American history. These remarkable ladies, ignored, belittled, and scorned in their own lifetimes, are accorded here the attention worthy of their struggle for the recognition of women operating outside of the societally imposed limitations of gender. These women are Pocahontas, Lucy Terry Prince, Mary Edwards Walker, Sarah Josepha Hale, and Victoria Claflin Woodhull.
Price: 15.00 USD



5 Woman’s Life in Colonial Days
Carl Holliday
319 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
What was life like for women in the American colonies? This classic study suggests that, in spite of hardships, many colonial women led rich, fulfilling lives. Drawing on letters, diaries and contemporary accounts, the author thoroughly depicts the lives of women in the New England and Southern colonies. Thoughtfully written, well-documented account.
Price: 11.95 USD

COAL MINERS' WIVES: Portraits of Endurance, Carol A.B. Giesen

6 COAL MINERS' WIVES: Portraits of Endurance
Carol A.B. Giesen
188 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 1995, cloth, 5½x8½, 188pgs, cloth, University Press of Kentucky

"Reveals the extreme danger coal miners face in the workplace and the stress that mining families face because of it."—Kirkus Reviews
Price: 17.96 USD

Hearts West, Chris Enss

7 Hearts West
Chris Enss
128 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Falcon
WANTED: A girl who will love, honest, true and not sour;a nice little cooing dove, and willing to work in flour.
Desperate to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, thousands of men traveled West to the emerging frontier, where they outnumbered women twelve to one. Only after they arrived did some of them realize how much they missed female companionship.
Hearts West brings to life true stories of mail-order brides of the Gold Rush era. Some found soul mates; others found themselves in desperate situations. Complete with the actual hearts-and-hands personal advertisements that began some of the long-distance courtships, this fascinating book provides an up-close look at the leap of faith these men and women were willing to take.
Price: 10.95 USD

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850, Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

8 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850
Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes
296 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
The women who traveled west in covered wagons during the 1840s speak through these letters and diaries. Here are the voices of Tamsen Donner and young Virginia Reed, members of the ill-fated Donner party; Patty Sessions, the Mormon midwife who delivered five babies on the trail between Omaha and Salt Lake City; Rachel Fisher, who buried both her husband and her little girl before reaching Oregon. Still others make themselves heard, starting out from different places and recording details along the way, from the mundane to the soul-shattering and spirit-lifting.

About Author
Kenneth L. Holmes is emeritus professor of history at Western Oregon State College. Anne M. Butler, a professor of history at Utah State University–Logan, is the author of Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West.

“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon . . . and it should be a gold mine for students of everyday life.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly.*

“Covered Wagon Women is to be valued. . . . First, it brings together in a single edition a major collection of the diaries of overland women. . . . Second, this is probably the most perfectly documented edition a researcher will find.”—Lillian Schlissel, Pacific Historical Review.
Price: 16.95 USD

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851, Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

9 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 3: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1851
Compiled and edited by Kenneth L. Holmes
291 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Expectations of gold, rich farmland, and healthful climate propelled some fifty thousand overlanders. Among the women making the trip west to California and Oregon in 1850 were six whose diaries and letters give distinction to the second volume of Covered Wagon Women. Margaret A. Frink notes the scarcity of women in the army of grizzled fortune seekers. Her extended journal is "one of the classics of American history," according to Kenneth L. Holmes. Frink describes preparations for the journey, lodging and camping along the way, landmarks, encounters with Indians, the problem of finding grass and water for the livestock, and early days in Sacramento. Like all the others going west in 1850, she is terrified by the cholera epidemic. A courageous young mother, Sarah Davis, counts the graves along the way. Mary M. Colby's record is a reminder of how women contributed to the family prosperity when they reached bountiful Oregon. Lucena Parsons, a bride, provides details about washing and cooking in the open air. Sophia Goodridge, the youngest daughter in a large Mormon family, charts the trip to Salt Lake. Anna Maria Morris travels to Santa Fe with the military unit commanded by her husband.

About Author
Kenneth L. Holmes is emeritus professor of history at Western Oregon State College. Lillian Schlissel is the author of Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey. She is a professor of English and director of the American Studies program at Brooklyn College.

“Kenneth L. Holmes made the very wise editorial decision not to update, revise, or parenthetically correct the quirky and often fascinating prose of these nineteenth-century women. . . . The writing is rich with the sounds of common speech and jargon.”—John Mack Faragher, Western Historical Quarterly.
Price: 15.95 USD

Women in Pacific Northwest History [revised edition], Edited by Karen J. Blair

10 Women in Pacific Northwest History [revised edition]
Edited by Karen J. Blair
334 pages, 6 x 9, 27 illus., 5 in color, paperback, University Press of Washington
This new edition of Karen Blair's popular anthology originally published in 1989 includes thirteen essays, eight of which are new. Together they suggest the wide spectrum of women's experiences that make up a vital part of Northwest history.
Series: A McLellan Book

"Women in the Pacific Northwest provides abundant examples of women's active roles as citizens who helped shape regional events, and adds new information to the growing literature on western women." - Western Historical Quarterly

"New insights into the lives of pioneer Japanese women, urban black women, and the women of the Colville Indian Reservation make the reading of this
collection well worthwhile. A solid regional study." - Choice

"This book contributes to the task of bringing the lives of Northwest women out of the shadows and provides an excellent model for others to follow. It is of value for the specialist in women's history as well as anyone interested in exploring all the corridors of Pacific Northwest history." - Oregon Historical Quarterly

"This anthology is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature concerning the history of women in the United States and particularly the history of women in the American West. Its essays, which address the issues of woman suffrage, women's work, race and ethnicity, and the arts... begin to remedy the long-time dearth of knowledge about women in the Pacific Northwest." - Montana, the Magazine of Western History

Table of Contents
Part 1. New Directions for Research
1. Tied to Other Lives: Women in Pacific Northwest History, Susan Armitage
Part 2. Politics and Law
2. Of Women's Rights and Freedom: Abigail Scott Duniway, Ruth Barnes Moynihan
3. The Fight for Woman Suffrage and the Oregon Press, Lauren Kessler
4. "His Face is Weak and Sensual": Portland and the Whipping Post Law, David Peterson del Mar
Part 3. Work
5. Working-Class Feminism and the Family Wage Ideal: The Seattle Debate on Married Women's Right to Work, 1914-1920, Maurine Weiner Greenwald
6. Bertha Knight Landes: The Woman Who Was Mayor, Doris H. Pieroth
7. The Job He Left Behind: Women in the Shipyards During World War II, Karen Beck Skold
Part 4. Race and Ethnicity
8. The Role of Native Women in the Creation of Fur Trade Society in Western Canada, 1670-1830, Sylvia Van Kirk
9. A Chicana in Northern Aztlan: Dora Sanchez Trevino, Jerry Garcia
10. Gender Equality in the Colville Indian Reservation in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts, Lillian A. Ackerman
Part 5. The Arts
11. Quilts in the Lives of Women Who Migrated to the Northwest, 1850-1990: A Visual Record Bywater, Mary Bywater Cross
12. The Seattle Ladies Musical Club, 1890-1930, Karen J. Blair
13. Tsugiki, a Grafting: A History of a Japanese Pioneer Woman in Washington State, Gail M. Nomura
Suggestions for Further Reading
Price: 22.50 USD

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883, Edited by Kenneth L. Holmes Introduction by Elliott West

11 Covered Wagon Women, Volume 10: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1875-1883
Edited by Kenneth L. Holmes Introduction by Elliott West
277 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, "the excitement continues." Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of Covered Wagon Women, experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound for the West, with amenities such as hotels and restaurants, as well as grain suppliers to provide feed for the horses and mules that had replaced the slower oxen in pulling wagons. Routes were clearly marked-some had been replaced entirely by railroad tracks. Nevertheless, many of the same dangers, fears, and aspirations confronted these dauntless women who traveled the overland trails.

About Author
Elliott West is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. His works include The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, also available in a Bison Books edition.
Price: 14.95 USD

Shaking the Faith: Women, Family, and Mary Marshall Dyer's Anti-Shaker Campaign, 1815-1867, Elizabeth De Wolfe

12 Shaking the Faith: Women, Family, and Mary Marshall Dyer's Anti-Shaker Campaign, 1815-1867
Elizabeth De Wolfe
256 pages, paperback, Palgrave Macmillan
In 1815, Mary Marshall Dyer renounced her Shaker beliefs and departed from the religious community in Enfield, New Hampshire, that she had called her home, leaving behind her husband and five children. Angry and alone, Dyer embarked on a fifty year public campaign against the Shakers in an effort to obtain custody of her children and to discredit the sect. The American public followed the debate with great interest. De Wolfe tells this now little-known story in brilliant detail, and shows why Dyer's life captured America's imagination. Titillating details about the mysterious sect no doubt contributed to Dyer's popularity, but her story also resonated because it reflected profound changes in family, religion, and gender that Americans faced in the world before the Civil War.

About Author
Elizabeth A. De Wolfe is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New England.

Winner of the 2003 Outstanding Publication Award, Communal Studies Association

"Elizabeth De Wolfe's account of Dyer's circumstances, motives, and activities as a prominent Shaker apostate sheds new light on a lifelong quest to fulfill her role as wife and mother and on the larger world of career apostates that she entered. Drawing on scholarly resources dealing with gender and family as well as with religious history and print culture, De Wolfe integrates her narrative of this remarkable woman into the larger story of nineteenth-century American religion, society, and culture."--Stephen J. Stein, Chancellors' Professor of Religious Studies, and Adjunct Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
"In this skillfully researched and deftly written study, Elizabeth De Wolfe suggests new perspectives for understanding the Shakers, the role of women in new religious and communal movements, and the problems that a capable woman had as she tried to develop an independent life and have a public impact in a society where women's roles were severely circumscribed."--Lawrence Foster, author of Religion and Sexuality: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community
"Shaking the Faith tells the compelling story of a woman and a religious sect locked in a dangerous duel on the margins of American culture. Elizabeth De Wolfe vividly exposes the historical roots of questions that continue to perplex contemporary society: What happens when a marriage falls apart? How should a mother behave? What constitutes a proper family? Shaking the Faith offers a fascinating look at the very public fracturing of the Dyer marriage, and explores what the couple's tempestuous divorce revealed about gender, family and faith in the early American republic."--Nancy Lusignan Schultz, author of Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834
"Carefully researched and thoughtfully argued, Shaking the Faith is a valuable case study of one woman's struggle to live up to society's and her own expectations. Elizabeth De Wolfe is particularly adept at connecting Dyer's campaign to larger tensions in antebellum America: the
f1debate over the proper roles for husbands and wives, the relationship between government and the family, and the limits of religious toleration."--Priscilla Brewer, University of South Florida

Table of Contents
Introduction: Shakers and Anti-Shakers
Conversion, Deconversion and Apostasy
The Sympathy and Malice of Mankind
The World Worked Up to Some Purpose
A Spectacle for Remark
In Deep Affliction
Notorious Against Them
Price: 24.95 USD

Early American Embroidery Designs: An 1815 Manuscript Album with Over 190 Patterns, Elizabeth M. Townshend

13 Early American Embroidery Designs: An 1815 Manuscript Album with Over 190 Patterns
Elizabeth M. Townshend
48 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
Rare treasury of original embroidery designs dating from early days of the Republic. Nearly 200 beautiful floral, vine, basket motifs-repeat patterns, spot designs, more. Introduction.
Price: 5.95 USD

The Grimké Sisters From South Carolina: Pioneers For Women's Rights and Abolition, Gerda Lerner.

14 The Grimké Sisters From South Carolina: Pioneers For Women's Rights and Abolition
Gerda Lerner.
400 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, appends., notes, bibl., index, paperback, University of North Carolina Press
A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimké explores the lives and ideas of the only southern women to become antislavery agents in the North and pioneers for women's rights. This revised and expanded edition includes two new primary documents and an additional essay by Lerner. In a revised introduction Lerner reinterprets her own work nearly forty years later and gives new recognition to the major significance of Sarah Grimké's feminist writings.

About Author
Gerda Lerner, author of twelve books in women's history, was one of the founders of the field in the 1960s. Her creative scholarship, her organizing work on behalf of women historians, and her leadership in graduate education have been widely recognized and honored. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians, Robinson-Edwards Professor Emerita of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and visiting professor of history at Duke University. Her most recent book is Fireweed: A Political Autobiography.

"This book has become a classic work of history that illustrates what is now a central premise among historians: that women's lives mattered in creating the social, cultural, and political contours of the past. In both style and substance, The Grimké Sisters stands out as a model work of history that has inspired a generation of students and scholars. Lerner is truly a master of historical prose."--Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table of Contents
Note on Usage
The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina
Appendix 1. Printed Speeches of Angelina Grimké Weld
Speech before the Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts Legislature, February 21, 1838
Speech in Pennsylvania Hall, May 16, 1838
Speech to the National Convention of the Woman's Loyal National League, May 14, 1863
Address to the Soldiers of Our Second Revolution
Appendix 2. Manuscript Essays of Sarah Moore Grimké
Sisters of Charity
A Problem of Ascription by Gerda Lerner
Price: 24.95 USD

Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote, Janet Theophano

15 Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote
Janet Theophano
384 pages, paperback, Palgrave Macmillan
Some people think that a cookbook is just a collection of recipes for dishes that feed the body. In Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote, Janet Theophano shows that cookbooks provide food for the mind and the soul as well. Looking beyond the ingredients and instructions, she shows how women have used cookbooks to assert their individuality, develop their minds, and structure their lives. Beginning in the seventeenth century and moving up through the present day, Theophano reads between the lines of recipes for dandelion wine, "Queen of Puddings," and half-pound cake to capture the stories and voices of these remarkable women.The selection of books looked at is enticing and wide-ranging. Theophano begins with seventeenth-century English estate housekeeping books that served as both cookbooks and reading primers so that women could educate themselves during long hours in the kitchen. She looks at A Date with a Dish, a classic African American cookbook that reveals the roots of many traditional American dishes, and she brings to life a 1950s cookbook written specifically for Americans by a Chinese émigré and transcribed into English by her daughter. Finally, Theophano looks at the contemporary cookbooks of Lynne Rosetto Kaspar, Madeleine Kamman, and Alice Waters to illustrate the sophistication and political activism present in modern cookbook writing. Janet Theophano harvests the rich history of cookbook writing to show how much more can be learned from a recipe than how to make a casserole, roast a chicken, or bake a cake. We discover that women's writings about food reveal--and revel in--the details of their lives, families, and the cultures they help to shape.

About Author
Janet Theopano is a leading social historian and Associate Director of the College of General Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes widely on food and foodways in American life.

"She has enriched our appreciation for the texture of women's domestic lives across centuries and an ocean."--Women's Review of Books
"Janet Theophano [is]...nourishing the mind and changing the way old cookbooks are perceived."--Oakland Press
"Eat My Words is the perfect introduction."--Baltimore Sun
"...she is at her very best when penetrating her material, like a light shining through paper, to illuminate the characters of her women authors."--Toronto Star
“. . . a remarkable achievement. . . Eat My Words is not merely a history of cookbooks, but an exploration of women's lives in their own words. . .”--Phyllis Pray Bober, author of Art, Culture, and Cuisine
“ engrossing study of how individual women and entire communities have, for centuries, expressed themselves through culinary instruction both formal and funky.”--Francine Prose, Elle
"Theophano has read between the lines of hundreds of cookbooks dating from the 17th century, and uncovered fascinating tidbits about women's lives. In our ancestors' day, cookbooks weren't used just for meal preparation; they also served as reading primers and outlets for creativity. Genealogists especially will enjoy the chapter 'Lineage and Legacies,' which disucsses the passing down of recipes. By hunting for Great-grandma's cookbook, you might uncover more about your family history than you thought you would." --Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Family Tree Magazine

Table of Contents
Cookbooks as Communities
Cookbooks as Collective Memory and Identity
Lineage and Legacies
Cookbooks as Autobiography
Cookbooks, Literacy and Domesticity
Becoming an Author: Cookbooks and Conduct
Recipe and Household Literature as Social and Political Commentary
Price: 19.95 USD

Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925, Joan M. Jensen

16 Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925
Joan M. Jensen
6 x 9, 448 pages, 6x9, 100 b&w illus., map, notes, index, 2 tables, bibliography, cloth, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
An intimate view of frontier women-Anglo and Indian-and the communities they forged.
Swedish domestic worker Emina Johnson witnessed the great Peshtigo fire in 1871; Cherokee nurse Isabella Wolfe served the Lac du Flambeau reservation for decades; the author's own grandmother, Matilda Schopp, was one of numerous immigrants who eked out a living on the Wisconsin cutover. Calling This Place Home tells the stories of these and many other Native and settler women during Wisconsin's frontier era.
Noted historian Joan M. Jensen spent more than a decade delving into the lives of a remarkable range of women who lived during the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. These individuals shared many struggles as economies evolved from logging to dairying to tourism. Facing many challenges, they cared for their sick, educated their children, maintained their cultural identity, and preserved their own means of worship.
Entwining the experiences of Native and settler communities, Jensen uses photographs and documents to examine and illustrate the recovered stories of representative but often overlooked women. This comprehensive volume brings a deeper understanding of the state's history through the stories of individual women and the broader developments that shaped their lives.
Price: 34.95 USD

Women's Life and Work in the Southern Colonies, JULIA CHERRY SPRUILL

17 Women's Life and Work in the Southern Colonies
448 pages, paperback, W. W. Norton
New introduction by Anne Firor Scott
First published in 1938, this pioneering work in American social history was rediscovered by Anne Firor Scott, herself a noted historian, and published in Norton paperback in 1972. Now Professor Scott has written an introduction newly assessing the importance of this richly detailed classic.
Out of a wealth of documentation, and often from the words of the people themselves, Spruill's account brings these women's lives out of the shadows-opening a usable past that was not there before. In the words of Arthur Schlesinger, Sr., it is "an important contribution to social history to which students will constantly turn."

"From these pages emerge, in truth, a new woman, almost unknown to historians when this book was published."-Anne Firor Scott
Price: 15.95 USD

"And Prairie Dogs Weren't Kosher" Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest Since 1855, Linda Mack Schloff

18 "And Prairie Dogs Weren't Kosher" Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest Since 1855
Linda Mack Schloff
256 pages, 85 illustrations, 4 maps, 7 3/4 x 9, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
Linking the personal and the historical, Schloff integrates oral accounts, diaries, letters, and autobiographies with original research and interpretation to shed vital new light on the Jewish experience in America's heartland. The book uses the voices of four generations of Jewish women who settled in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin to show how they transported and transformed their cultural and religious life in a region inhabited by few Jews. As the wives of fur traders and homesteaders, storekeepers and professionals, they were the key link in creating Jewish homes and helping their families fit in-often under harsh conditions. But in the process of becoming Jewish Americans, they also carved out new roles for themselves as jobholders, synagogue-builders, and social activists. Chapters focus on Jewish life in the Old Country, immigration and settlement, the challenges of keeping kosher in the new land, work, synagogues, and women's organizations. Each opens with a brief, lucid essay introducing the personal accounts-more than 120 in all-which Schloff drew from a range of previously untapped archives as well as from her own interviews and investigations in Jewish communities throughout the region. Some 85 period photographs vividly accent the text.

About Author
Historian Linda Mack Schloff is director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, St. Paul.

"Begins to fill a void in American Jewish history and admirably expands our access to the religious, cultural, and social lives of women in the middle of America and their contributions to the larger community."--Nebraska History
Price: 14.95 USD



19 From Beacon Hill to the Crystal Palace: The 1851 Travel Diary of a Working-Class Woman
Lorenza Stevens Berbineau, Karen L. Kilcup, ed.
160 pp, bibliography, index, 2002, hardback, University of Iowa Press
Because prior studies of American women's travel writing have focused exclusively on middle-class and wealthy travelers, it has been difficult to assess the genre and its participants in a holistic fashion. One of the very few surviving working-class travel diaries, Lorenza Stevens Berbineau's account provides readers with a unique perspective of a domestic servant in the wealthy Lowell family in Boston. Staying in luxurious hotels and caring for her young charge Eddie during her six-month grand tour, Berbineau wrote detailed and insightful entries about the people and places she saw.
Contributing to the traditions of women's, diary, and travel literature from the perspective of a domestic servant, Berbineau's narrative reveals an arresting and intimate outlook on both her own life and the activities, places, and people she encounters. For example, she carefully records Europeans' religious practices, working people and their behavior, and each region's aesthetic qualities. Clearly writing in haste and with a pleasing freedom from the constraints of orthographic and stylistic convention, Berbineau offers a distinctive voice and a discerning perspective. Alert to nuances of social class, her narrative is as appealing and informative to today's readers as it no doubt was to her fellow domestics in the Lowell household.
Unobtrusively edited to retain as much as possible the individuality and texture of the author's original manuscript, From Beacon Hill to the Crystal Palace offers readers brief framing summaries, informative endnotes, and a valuable introduction that analyzes Berbineau's narrative in relation to gender and class issues and compares it to the published travel writing of her famous contemporary, Harriet Beecher Stowe.

About Author
Karen Kilcup is professor of American literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Named a U.S. National Distinguished Teacher in 1987, she was recently the Davidson Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida International University. She is the editor of Soft Canons: American Women Writers and Masculine Tradition (University of Iowa, 1999) and Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology and the author of Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition.

“An extraordinary recovered text. . . . Kilcup brings Lorenza Berbineau before readers as a woman, domestic servant, traveler, and diarist, thereby advancing our understanding of all four variables in American cultural studies more broadly.”— Phyllis Cole, author of Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History
Price: 27.95 USD



20 Modern Mothers in the Heartland: Gender, Health, and Progress in Illinois, 1900–1930
Lynne Curry
224 pages, 6 x 9, 6 illustrations, Ohio State University Press
In the early twentieth century, ambitious social welfare campaigns linked the improvement of health to the broader aim of "modernizing" American life. Lowered mortality rates, especially among infants and young children, became for reformers a barometer by which to measure society's overall "progress." To date, most analyses of Progressive Era child welfare movements have concentrated on urban areas in the Northeast and the national leadership role played by the Children's Bureau. Modern Mothers in the Heartland, in contrast, shifts the focus to the Midwest. Illinois provides an interesting case study because its rates of infant and maternal mortality tended to be higher than those of other midwestern states, and Chicago's rates were consistently higher than those of other major industrial centers.
Drawing on local and state sources to reconstruct the nature of maternal and child health work, Lynne Curry highlights the interactive character of health reform: policy makers, clients of community health services, practitioners, and the volunteers who worked with them negotiated the final outcomes of the campaign's stated aims. Situating maternal and child health reform in its historical and regional contexts, this study uses information about Illinois's distinctive social, economic, and political history-even its geography-to enhance the analytical picture.

About Author
Lynne Curry is an assistant professor in the history department at Eastern Illinois University. She is a contributor to Mothers and Motherhood: Readings in American History (The Ohio State University Press).

“Curry makes a valuable contribution to women’s history and the history of medicine, to scholarship on the Progressive Era and the Midwest, and to current discussions of modernity.” —Molly Ladd-Taylor
Price: 19.95 USD

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