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Voices of American Women's History from Reconstruction to the Present
Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life
by Kristine Ashton Gunnell, Editor
September 2023, 193pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7246-4
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Explores how race, class, religion, citizenship, marital status, and sexual identity have shaped women’s lives in the United States during the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

A collection of historical and contemporary writing by women on how race, class, religion, citizenship, marital status, and sexual identity have influenced women's lives in the United States for more than 200 years.

Voices of American Women’s History illustrates that gender alone has never defined women’s experiences in America. In this volume, Kristine Ashton Gunnell shows that, as much as gender, race, class, religion, citizenship, and sexuality have historically directed the course of women’s lives in the United States for more than 200 years. Women from diverse backgrounds are represented in media and documents that include pamphlets, book excerpts, personal narratives, photographs, advertisements, congressional testimonies, and Supreme Court rulings. Such issues as abortion, marriage equality, domestic violence, and gender parity are shown from historical and contemporary angles, as this collection of primary sources allows readers and students to easily trace how women’s lives and histories have and continue to intersect. With a historical context for each selection, the book also features structured activities to help teachers with class discussion and exams, including suggestions for further reading, document analysis, essay questions, and manageable research assignments.


  • Includes documents from the 1870s through the 2020s to facilitate discussions on historical and current issues
  • Illustrates that gender alone does not define women's experiences in America, as race, religion, citizenship, sexuality, and other identities have historically shaped women's lives in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
  • Incorporates a broad range of document types, including pamphlets, personal narratives, photographs, congressional testimony, court decisions, advertisements, letters, posters, newspaper articles, and immigration investigations
  • Activities, including document analysis, essay questions, and manageable research assignments, are designed to aid instructors with class discussions and exams
Kristine Ashton Gunnell holds appointments as a research affiliate at UCLA's Center for the Study of Women and as a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University. With a decade of teaching experience at colleges and universities, she specializes in the history of women and gender in the American West, especially the role of religious women in public and private life. Gunnell is the author of Daughters of Charity: Women, Religious Mission, and Hospital Care in Los Angeles, 1856–1927.

Voices of an Era

The Voices of an Era series utilizes primary document excerpts, with introductory and follow-up material, to illuminate the character and social history of particular historical periods.

From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the award-winning Voices of an Era.

Each volume focuses on a specific historical era, offering a window into those times by bringing together a fascinating collection of primary documents, organized by cultural and social topics (art, food, religion, family life, recreation, etc.). Introductions, critical thinking questions, and other supporting material help teachers use these documents to bring true, effective inquiry-based learning to their classrooms.


Each of volume of Voices of an Era features 40-50 primary sources A chronology of the period cover in that volume Selected bibliography of print and nonprint sources (including Web sites, DVDs, CD ROMs, videos, films, etc.) suitable for student research A glossary of terms found in the introductory and followup material 15-30 sidebars per vol. Include "Did you Know"-type information, explanations of key concepts, etc. 40-50 Definition Fact Boxes per vol. Include definitions of unfamiliar terms from the text of the documents themselves.
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