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America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines Book Review Summary

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"America's Women" explores the changing lives of women in the U.S., beginning in 1587 with Eleanor Dare and ending in the present, with discussions on "the pill", Billie Jean King, and economics. In between, the lives of individual women are examined, and records, diaries, and letters are quoted. In addition to the lives of individuals, society's attitudes are explained and we are given a feel for how women in different regions of the county lived. Much of the earlier material is somewhat sketchy in parts, because there are not enough records to pinpoint exactly how American women lived on a day-to-day basis, but later chapters are detailed and often thought-provoking or moving. The chapters on slavery are of particular interest, although much of it is horrifying.

Surprisingly, there is no male-bashing in "America's Women", and the author shows restraint by not pushing a feminist agenda on readers. During critical times in America's history, we are shown both the country as a whole and how small things, like the way women handled menstruation, shoes, corsets, and birth control helped to shape a nation.

The review of this Book prepared by E. J. McDonald








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century    -   19th century    -   18th century    -   17th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--General Social history?    -   Yes Kind of social history    -   history of girls

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   5 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   1 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   encouraged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   2 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   2 () Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Length of book    -   400-450 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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