Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600 - 1900

This volume is a collection of over 100 primary sources in women's history that reveals the diversity of women's experience from the colonial era through to the 19th century. The documents range from the familiar to the unusual. Collectively, they evoke interest, inspire reflection and invite commentary from readers. This volume can stand alone, or it can be used in combination with Susan Ware's Modern American Women, 1890 to the Present . The book draws on a wide variety of sources, including letters, speeches, diaries, memoirs, autobiography, novels, social science and spoken history. The experiences of a wide cultural variety of women are fully represented: Native American, Jewish, black, Mexican American, Latinas and Asian-American. Chapters are constituted with a variety of voices that encourage comparison, debate, analysis and discussion.