Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women

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Nancy F. Cott
UPNE, 1996 - History - 440 pages
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Presenting a diverse collection of documents, Root of Bitterness reaches from the colonial era through the nineteenth century, focusing on six dominant themes: women's work, the power of gender, the physical body, women's collective efforts, diversity and conflict among women, and women's relation to state authority. This edition contains about twenty selections from the original volume and almost sixty new ones.
 

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Contents

Examination of Anne Hutchinson
3
Susanna Martin on Trial for Witchcraft
32
A Rape on the Body of Anne Eastwortfry
42
Sarah Osborns Religious Conversion
49
Sarah Marians Will
56
An Adolescents Wartime Diary
77
Elisa Southgate Reflects on the Sexes
98
Womens Work in the Market Economy
105
A Story from Godeys Ladys Book
138
A Parlor Ballad
148
Cherokee Women Address Their Nation
177
James Currys Mother
239
On Female Health in America
293
Sex in Education by Dr Edward H Clarke
330
Have Been Busy All Day
347
Condition of Women in Rural Alabama
367

Maria Stewart Sees Chains on the Soul
113
The Legal Rights and Wrongs of Women
128
The Peculiar Responsibilities and Difficulties of American Women
132
Catholics Debate the Woman Question
409
Murray Hall Fooled Many Shrewd Men
436
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