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America's daughters : 400 years of American women
Head, Judith, 1944-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Perspective Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
130 pages: illustrations ; 26 cm
A history of women in the United States from the seventeenth century to modern times, discussing the roles they have played in society and historical events and focusing on individuals from Pocahontas to Sandra Day O'Connor.
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HQ1410 .H4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Suitable for children aged 9-12 years, this book presents the history of American women, starting from the 1600s, provides an overview of what life was like for women as well as the profiles more than 50 ethnically and culturally diverse women.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. This overview of women in American history is rich with the names of people left out of more substantial treatments--people such as Margaret Hardenbrook Philipse, a seventeenth-century businesswoman who ran her own trade ship between Europe and the colonies, and Jo Ann Robinson, who helped organize the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Each chapter in the chronologically organized text uses short essays ("Women's Work," "Women's Place," etc.) and several two-page biographical sketches to cover a century. There is not enough depth here for use in research (and, unfortunately, no footnotes either), but the essays offer helpful summaries of daily life, and the sprinkling of biographies will whet readers' appetites for more. A book that sows the seeds for more intensive explorations. A list of further reading is appended. --Randy Meyer

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-This well-organized book contains two-page biographies of more than 50 women. The biographies are grouped into centuries from the 17th to the 20th. Each section begins with a time line and discussion of "Women's Work" and "Women's Place" that provide historical and social context for the profiles that follow. Some well-known people are included, such as Pocahontas, Phillis Wheatley, and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as the lesser-known Elizabeth Murray and Maria Martinez. A few of the biographies represent groups of women, e.g., "Hannah Borden & Other Mill Girls" and "Elizabeth Sprigs & Other Indentured Servants." Each section also highlights the role of a particular group, e.g., "Women of the Civil War" and, for the 20th century, "Superwomen." Every page contains at least one good-quality, black-and-white period photograph or reproduction. An interesting look at a cross section of women over the centuries.-Linda W. Tilden, Cherry Hill Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1600sp. 2
Women's Workp. 4
Women's Placep. 6
Native American Womenp. 8
Anne Forrest and Anne Burasp. 10
Pocahontasp. 12
Anne Bradstreetp. 14
Margaret Hardenbrook Philipsep. 16
Millicent How and Other Indentured Servantsp. 18
Isabellap. 20
Margaret Brentp. 22
Susanna Martin and Other Witchesp. 24
1700sp. 26
Women's Workp. 28
Women's Placep. 30
Eliza Pinckneyp. 32
Elizabeth Murrayp. 34
Elizabeth Sprigs and Other Indentured Servantsp. 36
Hannah and Other Slavesp. 38
Phillis Wheatleyp. 40
Mercy Otis Warrenp. 42
Revolutionary Womenp. 44
Deborah Sampson and Other Soldiersp. 46
Martha Ballardp. 48
1800sp. 50
Women's Workp. 52
Women's Placep. 54
Hannah Borden and Other Mill Girlsp. 56
Sarah Bryan and Other Pioneersp. 58
Emma Willardp. 60
Maria Mitchellp. 62
Harriet Tubmanp. 64
Harriet Beecher Stowep. 66
Mary Ann Shadd Caryp. 68
Women of the Civil Warp. 70
Women on the Home Frontp. 72
Elizabeth Blackwellp. 74
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stantonp. 76
Belva Lockwoodp. 78
Sarah Winnemuccap. 80
Matilda Coxe Stevensonp. 82
1900sp. 84
Women's Workp. 86
Women's Placep. 88
Mary Hamiltonp. 90
Rose Schneidermanp. 92
Maria Martinezp. 94
Amelia Earhartp. 96
Georgia O'Keeffep. 98
Eleanor Rooseveltp. 100
Women in World War IIp. 102
Barbara McClintockp. 104
Rosa Parks and Jo Ann Robinsonp. 106
Rachel Carsonp. 108
Dolores Huertap. 110
Betty Friedanp. 112
Toni Morrisonp. 114
Sandra Day O'Connorp. 116
Maya Linp. 118
Jackie Joyner-Kerseep. 120
Superwomenp. 122
Conclusionp. 124
Want to Know More?p. 126
Acknowledgementsp. 127
Picture Creditsp. 128
Indexp. 129