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Coming Soon. A database of Primary Sources, organized chronologically, is also available. To learn more about the raw materials of history, link to over 300 historical documents and images, including pages of Martha Ballard's diary and photographs of women in the Civil Rights Movement. Your instructor may ask you to examine various documents and write your own interpretation of them. You can also use the documents on your own in conducting research for a paper or in preparing a presentation.


Women and the American Experience: A Concise History 2/e
Early American Women: A Documentary History, 1600-1900 2/e

Women and the American Experience 3/e

Modern American Women: A documentary History 2/e




Primary Sources:

Eighteenth Century

View a page of Martha Ballard’s famous diary at http://www.dohistory.org/diary/1785/01/17850101_img.html

Look at a letter describing the treatment for a woman “in pthisis pulmonalis” to learn about 18th-century medical remedies at http://www.dohistory.org/archive/doc102/.  

Childbirth was strictly a women’s ritual.  Read about 18th-century rejection of male involvement in childbirth in Samuel Gregory’s Man-Midwifery Exposed and Corrected at http://www.dohistory.org/archive/doc041/.

Learn some colonial laws and punishments for violation in the Perpetual Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as of 1789 at http://www.dohistory.org/archive/doc024/

Read through Foster vs. North, a 1790 Supreme Judicial Court case of assault at http://www.dohistory.org/archive/doc021/

Read three newspapers, the Pennsylvania Gazette, the Boston Gazette, and the Massachusetts Continental, from the second half of 18th-century America at http://earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/past/index.html.

Look at maps of the colonies during the 18th-century.  Some relate to the Revolutionary War at http://earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/maps/index.html.



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