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Gender and Consumption in the Modern United States  

Tracey Deutsch

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Nov 2018
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Although often understood as frivolous, women’s shopping was anything but. By the late nineteenth century, almost all households had to purchase daily necessities. Women’s paid work was ... More

Gender Frontiers and Early Encounters  

Kathleen M. Brown

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Nov 2018
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Gender frontiers are but one starting point for comparing cultural contact zones and analyzing imperialism and racial formation in the early modern Atlantic. Recent scholarship on Native ... More

Gender, Civil Rights, and the US Global Cold War  

Dayo F. Gore

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2018
“Cold War” traditionally refers to the foreign policy, military, and ideological contestation between the power blocks of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Western ... More

Gender, the Body, and Disability  

Rebecca Kluchin

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2018
This chapter brings together the histories of American beauty culture and disability to identify overlaps between the fields and encourage women’s and gender historians to engage ... More

Interracial Sex, Marriage, and the Nation  

Mary Ting Yi Lui

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2018
This article traces the long history of legal regulations around interracial sex and marriage as tied to important changes in the territorial consolidation and political formation of the ... More

Manhood and the US Republican Empire  

Toby L. Ditz

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Nov 2018
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This chapter shows how republican and imperial grammars of manhood, and the gender order in which they were embedded, defined boundaries of civic and political inclusion in three areas of ... More

Public and Print Cultures of Sex in the Long Nineteenth Century  

Patricia Cline Cohen

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The explosion of print culture and the advent of female authors and readers created the foundation for important changes in sexual practices and sexual mores across the long nineteenth ... More

Religion, Reform, and Antislavery  

Margaret Washington

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Nov 2018
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This chapter considers, through a biracial lens, some essential complexities of antebellum women’s reform. The emphasis is on antislavery and a socioreligious ethos based on the ... More

Reproduction, Birth Control, and Motherhood in the United States  

Rickie Solinger

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2018
The history of reproductive politics in the United States incorporates several centuries of struggle and resistance and virtually no periods of quiescence. The state and other institutions ... More

Sexual Coercion in America  

Sharon Block

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Sexual violence has a surprisingly static history, whether regarding methods of sexual assault, the relationship of sexual vulnerability to economic and social vulnerability, an underlying ... More

Sexual Minorities and Sexual Rights  

Marcia M. Gallo

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Nov 2018
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The creation of specific terminologies and identities that define people based on their sexual desires can be traced to the late nineteenth century. As researchers and medical experts ... More

Transgender Representations, Identities, and Communities  

Jen Manion

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Nov 2018
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Accounts of people who crossed genders, either temporarily or for a lifetime, are well known to historians. The emerging field of transgender studies has raised a new set of questions for ... More

US Feminisms and Their Global Connections  

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

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Nov 2018
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This chapter reinterprets the history of twentieth-century US feminism by foregrounding the importance of the global. Both international events and transnational flows of people, ideas, ... More

Women and Conquest in the American West  

Deena J. González

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Spanish-Mexican and Native/indigenous women of the borderland territories that became the US West created lives circumscribed by conquest, resistance, and decolonization. Their ability to ... More

Women and World War in Comparative Perspective  

Meghan K. Winchell

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This chapter compares women’s experiences in World War I and World War II, emphasizing the ways that wartime mobilization shaped the citizenship claims, cultural representations, labor ... More

Women at Play in Popular Culture  

M. Alison Kibler

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The story of women’s participation in popular culture is more complex than the struggle to be included. Feminist activists have fought for legislation to end discrimination in leisure, ... More

Women’s Labors in Industrial and Postindustrial America  

Eileen Boris and Lara Vapnek

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Feminist struggles for better jobs and rights at work shaped women’s labor history, a project that proclaimed that the history of work and workers was incomplete without understanding the ... More

Women’s Rights, Suffrage, and Citizenship, 1789–1920  

Ellen Carol DuBois

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The United States was a pioneer in the development of women’s rights ideas and activism. Far-seeing women, determined to find an active and equal place in the nation’s political affairs, ... More

Women, Gender, and American History  

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa G. Materson

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Nov 2018
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This chapter analyzes the methods, sources, and relationship between women’s and gender history, arguing American women’s and gender history is its own interpretation of American history, ... More

Women, Gender, and Conservatism in Twentieth-Century America  

Michelle Nickerson

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2018
Women have participated in conservative movement politics throughout the twentieth century. From opposition mounted against Progressive-era health and welfare legislation to protests ... More

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