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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 To learn more about the raw materials of history, link to over 300 historical documents and images, including pages of Martha Ballard's diary and photographs of women in the Civil Rights Movement.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:

Nineteenth Century

Godey’s Lady’s Book, an important resource for 19th-century rising middle-class women is now online at http://www.history.rochester.edu/godeys/

Look at “Sewing Girl” and read the description at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/seamstress.htm to learn about early 19th-century seamstresses. 

Another Harper’s Bazaar depiction of a 19th-century seamstress is at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/2t7.htm.

See a reproduction of a slop shop shirt at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/2t10.htm

View “Hauling the Whole Weeks Picking,” a painting that illustrates the southern trade of slave clothing in early 19th-century America at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/2t8.htm.

See advertisements for early ready-made clothing at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/2t11.htm and http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/g15.htm

Look at an illustration of a hoop skirt factory at http://americanhistory.si.edu/sweatshops/history/2t14.htm

Find links to 21 primary source documents about the moral reform movement, including key arguments, dual-age group appeal, and program for moral reform at http://womhist.binghamton.edu/fmrs/doclist.htm.

Look at the Constitution of the Women’s New York State Temperance Society at http://adh.csd.sc.edu/dynaweb/MEP/sa/@Generic__BookTextView/309;hf=0.

See original documents from the Women’s New York Temperance Society’s 1852 convention at http://adh.csd.sc.edu/dynaweb/MEP/sa/@Generic__BookTextView/1545;hf=0

Read a letter from Susan B. Anthony to the editor of Lily about the Temperance Society at http://adh.csd.sc.edu/dynaweb/MEP/sa/@Generic__BookTextView/451;hf=0.

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