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Title Before they could vote : American women's autobiographical writing, 1819-1919 / edited by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 454 pages)
Series Wisconsin studies in autobiography
Wisconsin studies in autobiography.
Contents Introduction : Living in public / Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson -- An authentic statement of the case and conduct of Rose Butler, who was tried, convicted, and executed for the crime of arson (1819) / Rose Butler -- A narrative of the life of Mrs. Mary Jemison (as told to James E. Seaver) (1824) / Mary Jemison -- The life and religious experience of Jarena Lee (1836) / Jarena Lee -- Selections from Journal of a residence on a Georgian plantation in 1838-1839 (1863) / Fanny Kemble -- Transcription of speech given at the Akron Women's Rights Convention, from the Anti-slavery Bugle (June 21, 1851) / Sojourner Truth -- Selections from "Youth," from Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1852) / Margaret Fuller -- Testimony, given in Canada (1855) / Harriet Tubman -- A brief narrative of the life of Mrs. Adele M. Jewel (1869) / Adele M. Jewel -- Selections from her journals (1874/78) / M. Carey Thomas -- The Yakima affair, from Life among the Piutes : their wrongs and claims (1883) / Sarah Winnemucca -- An old woman and her recollections (as recorded by Thomas Savage) (1877) / Eulalia Pérez -- Beginning to work, from A New England girlhood (1889) / Lucy Larcom -- "Looking back on girlhood" (1892) / Sarah Orne Jewett -- The Club movement among colored women of America (1900) / Fannie Barrier Williams -- Sketches from The Atlantic monthly / Zitkala-Ša -- Nurslings of the sky, from The land of little rain (1903) / Mary Hunter Austin -- Mary MacLane meets the vampire on the isle of treacherous delights (1910) / Mary MacLane -- The promised land, from The promised land (1912) / Mary Antin -- Lives in The Independent and the question of race / Anonymous -- How I made my first big flight abroad : my flight across the English Channel (1912) / Harriet Quimby -- Autobiographical essays / Sui Sin Far -- Selections from Madeleine, an autobiography (1919) / "Madeleine."
Summary The life narratives in this collection are by ethnically diverse women of energy and ambition & mdash;some well known, some forgotten over generations & mdash;who confronted barriers of gender, class, race, and sexual difference as they pursued or adapted to adventurous new lives in a rapidly changing America. The engaging selections & mdash;from captivity narratives to letters, manifestos, criminal confessions, and childhood sketches & mdash;span a hundred years in which women increasingly asserted themselves publicly. Some rose to positions of prominence as writers, activists, and artists; some sought education or wrote to support themselves and their families; some transgressed social norms in search of new possibilities. Each woman & rsquo;s story is strikingly individual, yet the brief narratives in this anthology collectively chart bold new visions of women & rsquo;s agency
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-454)
Notes Print version record
Subject Autobiography -- Women authors.
Women -- United States -- Biography.
Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Women's studies -- United States -- Biographical methods
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Smith, Sidonie.
Watson, Julia, 1945-
LC no. 2006006984
ISBN 0299220508
0299220532 (electronic bk.)
9780299220532 (electronic bk.)