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Gender and Jim Crow, Second Edition

by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore The University of North Carolina Press (January 09, 2019)

This classic work helps recover the central role of black women in the political history of the Jim Crow era. Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore explores the pivotal and interconnected roles played by gender and race...


Feminism for the Americas

by Katherine M. Marino The University of North Carolina Press (February 05, 2019)

This book chronicles the dawn of the global movement for women's rights in the first decades of the twentieth century. The founding mothers of this movement were not based primarily in the United States, however,...


Relative Intimacy

by Rachel Devlin The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Celebrated as new consumers and condemned for their growing delinquencies, teenage girls emerged as one of the most visible segments of American society during and after World War II. Contrary to the generally...


The Limits of Sisterhood

by Jeanne Boydston, Mary Kelley & Anne Margolis The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

In a century almost continually at odds with the proper place of females, Catherine Esther Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Isabella Beecher Hooker shared a commitment to women's power. Although they did...


How Am I to Be Heard?

by Margaret Rose Gladney The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

This compelling volume offers the first full portrait of the life and work of writer Lillian Smith (1897-1966), the foremost southern white liberal of the mid-twentieth century. Smith devoted her life to lifting...


Florynce "Flo" Kennedy

by Sherie M. Randolph The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first...


U.S. History As Women's History

by Linda K. Kerber, Alice Kessler-Harris & Kathryn Kish Sklar The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

This outstanding collection of fifteen original essays represents innovative work by some of the most influential scholars in the field of women's history. Covering a broad sweep of history from colonial to...


Yours in Sisterhood

by Amy Erdman Farrell The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In the winter of 1972, the first issue of Ms. magazine hit the newsstands. For some activists in the women's movement, the birth of this new publication heralded feminism's coming of age; for others, it signaled...


All That Hollywood Allows

by Jackie Byars The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

All That Hollywood Allows explores the representation of gender in popular Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, the last decade in which film enjoyed a pivotal cultural position. Both a work of feminist film criticism...


Toward an Intellectual History of Women

by Linda K. Kerber The University of North Carolina Press (December 10, 2017)

As a leading historian of women, Linda K. Kerber has played an instrumental role in the radical rethinking of American history over the past two decades. The maturation and increasing complexity of studies in...


Ladies, Women, and Wenches

by Jane H. Pease & William H. Pease The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

Pursuing the meaning of gender in nineteenth-century urban American society, Ladies, Women, and Wenches compares the lives of women living in two distinctive antebellum cultures, Charleston and Boston, between...


Community of Suffering and Struggle

by Elizabeth Faue The University of North Carolina Press (August 01, 2016)

Elizabeth Faue traces the transformation of the American labor movement from community forms of solidarity to bureaucratic unionism. Arguing that gender is central to understanding this shift, Faue explores...


Florynce “Flo” Kennedy

by Sherie M. Randolph The University of North Carolina Press (September 28, 2015)

Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first...


Archives of Desire

by J. Samaine Lockwood The University of North Carolina Press (September 14, 2015)

In this thought-provoking study of nineteenth-century America, J. Samaine Lockwood offers an important new interpretation of the literary movement known as American regionalism. Lockwood argues that regionalism...


Bad Girls

by Amanda H. Littauer The University of North Carolina Press (July 17, 2015)

In this innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. She argues that sexual liberation was much more than...


Liberated Threads

by Tanisha C. Ford The University of North Carolina Press (September 14, 2015)

From the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a...


The Freedom of the Streets

by Sharon E. Wood The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Gilded Age cities offered extraordinary opportunities to women--but at a price. As clerks, factory hands, and professionals flocked downtown to earn a living, they alarmed social critics and city fathers, who...


The Secret Eye

by Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2014)

The journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, spanning the years from 1848 to 1889, is rare for its treatment of both the Civil War and postbellum years and for its candor and detail in treating these eras. Thomas,...


Citizen, Mother, Worker

by Emilie Stoltzfus The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

During World War II, American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers, and many of them relied on federally funded child care programs. At the end of the war, working mothers vigorously protested...


Terror in the Heart of Freedom

by Hannah Rosen The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

The meaning of race in the antebellum southern United States was anchored in the racial exclusivity of slavery (coded as black) and full citizenship (coded as white as well as male). These traditional definitions...


Southern History across the Color Line

by Nell Irvin Painter The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2013)

The color line, once all too solid in southern public life, still exists in the study of southern history. As distinguished historian Nell Irvin Painter notes, historians often still write about the South as...


Living the Revolution

by Jennifer Guglielmo The University of North Carolina Press (May 03, 2010)

Italians were the largest group of immigrants to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, and hundreds of thousands led and participated in some of the period's most volatile labor strikes. Jennifer...


Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race and the Politics of Memory

by Julie Des Jardins The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

In Women and the Historical Enterprise in America, Julie Des Jardins explores American women's participation in the practice of history from the late nineteenth century through the end of World War II, a period...


Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun

by Meghan K. Winchell The University of North Carolina Press (December 07, 2008)

Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time...


Too Much to Ask

by Elizabeth Higginbotham The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

In the 1960s, increasing numbers of African American students entered predominantly White colleges and universities in the northern and western United States. Too Much to Ask focuses on the women of this pioneering...


Talk with You Like a Woman

by Cheryl D. Hicks The University of North Carolina Press (December 13, 2010)

With this book, Cheryl Hicks brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early-twentieth-century New...


Conceiving the Future

by Laura L. Lovett The University of North Carolina Press (November 30, 2009)

Through nostalgic idealizations of motherhood, family, and the home, influential leaders in early twentieth-century America constructed and legitimated a range of reforms that promoted human reproduction. Their...


Signatures of Citizenship

by Susan Zaeske The University of North Carolina Press (December 04, 2003)

In this comprehensive history of women's antislavery petitions addressed to Congress, Susan Zaeske argues that by petitioning, women not only contributed significantly to the movement to abolish slavery but...


Masterful Women

by Kirsten E. Wood The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

Many early-nineteenth-century slaveholders considered themselves "masters" not only over slaves, but also over the institutions of marriage and family. According to many historians, the privilege of mastery...


Remaking Respectability

by Victoria W. Wolcott The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2013)

In the early decades of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of African Americans arrived at Detroit's Michigan Central Station, part of the Great Migration of blacks who left the South seeking improved...


Telling Histories

by Deborah Gray White The University of North Carolina Press (November 30, 2009)

The field of black women's history gained recognition as a legitimate field of study only late in the twentieth century. Collecting stories that are both deeply personal and powerfully political, Telling Histories...


We Mean to Be Counted

by Elizabeth R. Varon The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Over the past two decades, historians have successfully disputed

the notion that American women remained wholly outside the realm of politics until the early twentieth century. Still, a consensus has prevailed...


Revising Life

by Susan R. Van Dyne The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

'Provides a compelling argument for Plath's revision of the painful parts of her life--the failed marriage, her anxiety for success, and her ambivalence towards her mother. . . . The reader will feel the tension...


Island Queens and Mission Wives

by Jennifer Thigpen The University of North Carolina Press (March 24, 2014)

In the late eighteenth century, Hawai'i's ruling elite employed sophisticated methods for resisting foreign intrusion. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, American missionaries had gained a foothold in the...


The Myth of Seneca Falls

by Lisa Tetrault The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2014)

The story of how the women's rights movement began at the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 is a cherished American myth. The standard account credits founders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony,...


The Veiled Garvey

by Ula Yvette Taylor The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

In this biography, Ula Taylor explores the life and ideas of one of the most important, if largely unsung, Pan-African freedom fighters of the twentieth century: Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973).

Born in Jamaica,...


The Company He Keeps

by Nicholas L. Syrett The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2009)

Tracing the full history of traditionally white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to the sprawling modern-day college campus, Nicholas Syrett reveals how fraternity...


Manliness and Its Discontents

by Martin Summers The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

In a pathbreaking new assessment of the shaping of black male identity in the early twentieth century, Martin Summers explores how middle-class African American and African Caribbean immigrant men constructed...


Civilizing Capitalism

by Landon R. Y. Storrs The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2003)

Offering fresh insights into the history of labor policy, the New Deal, feminism, and southern politics, Landon Storrs examines the New Deal era of the National Consumers' League, one of the most influential...


Making Home Work

by Jane E. Simonsen The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

During the westward expansion of America, white middle-class ideals of home and domestic work were used to measure differences between white and Native American women. Yet the vision of America as "home" was...


Pauli Murray and Caroline Ware

by Anne Firor Scott The University of North Carolina Press (September 15, 2009)

In 1942 Pauli Murray, a young black woman from North Carolina studying law at Howard University, visited a constitutional law class taught by Caroline Ware, one of the nation's leading historians. A friendship...


The Work of Self-Representation

by Ivy Schweitzer The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In The Work of Self-Representation Ivy Schweitzer examines early American poetry through the critical lens of gender. Her concern is not the inclusion of female writers into the canon; rather, she analyzes how...


Choice and Coercion

by Johanna Schoen The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2006)

In August 2003, North Carolina became the first U.S. state to offer restitution to victims of state-ordered sterilizations carried out by its eugenics program between 1929 and 1975. The decision was prompted...


Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930

by Patricia A. Schechter The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Pioneering African American journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) is widely remembered for her courageous antilynching crusade in the 1890s; the full range of her struggles against injustice is not as...


Love on the Rocks

by Lori Rotskoff The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2003)

In this fascinating history of alcohol in postwar American culture, Lori Rotskoff draws on short stories, advertisements, medical writings, and Hollywood films to investigate how gender norms and ideologies...


Radical Relations

by Daniel Winunwe Rivers The University of North Carolina Press (September 03, 2013)

In Radical Relations, Daniel Winunwe Rivers offers a previously untold story of the American family: the first history of lesbian and gay parents and their children in the United States. Beginning in the postwar...


Home on the Rails

by Amy G. Richter The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2006)

Recognizing the railroad's importance as both symbol and experience in Victorian America, Amy G. Richter follows women travelers onto trains and considers the consequences of their presence there.

For a time,...


Taking Haiti

by Mary A. Renda The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

The U.S. invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years--and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer. Exploring the cultural...


Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement

by Barbara Ransby The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career...


Labor and Desire

by Paula Rabinowitz The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

This critical, historical, and theoretical study looks at a little-known group of novels written during the 1930s by women who were literary radicals. Arguing that class consciousness was figured through metaphors...