A Shared Experience: Men, Women, and the History of Gender

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Laura Mccall, Donald Yacovone
NYU Press, Aug 1, 1998 - History - 387 pages
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For decades, women's history has been one of the most dynamic fields in all of American history. More recently, the study of manhood has drawn the attention of scholars, students, and general readers. Despite the obvious intersections of female and male gender roles, the nineteenth-century doctrine of "separate spheres" has dominated historical inquiry. The shared experiences and complementary lives of men and women have rarely been considered. This important new anthology, reflecting recent trends in the history of men and women, calls for the reintegration of the study of gender.

Only by focusing on the similarities, as well as the differences, in the lives of men and women can we achieve a fully representative portrait. The essays in this exciting collection, most commissioned exclusively for this book, cover American history from colonial times to the present, representing multicultural and interdisciplinary scholarship at its most persuasive.

Combining compelling subjects and thorough research, the contributors represent an appealing mix of established authors and new scholars. A lively blend of experience and innovation, A Shared Experience marks an important step in the development of American history and the burgeoning field of gender studies.

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About the author (1998)

Laura McCall is Professor of History at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She is completing a study of nineteenth-century men and women entitled Symmetrical Minds: Literary Men and Women in Antebellum America.

Donald Yacovone is Associate Editor at the Massachusetts Historical Society and has written Samuel Joseph May and the Dilemmas of Liberal Persuasion, 1797-1871 and most recently A Voice of Thunder: The Civil War Letters of George E. Stephens.

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