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About 700 free women’s history books pdf at the Internet Archive. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Women in World History (many volumes), History of Women in Aviation, Women Sailors & Sailors’ Women, Bibliography of the History of Women in Canada, 100 Women Who Shaped World History, 300 Notable Women Passed By, Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History, Women and Redemption: a theological history, Women in European History, Women in Christian History: a bibliography, The Force of Women in Japanese History, The Most Evil Women in History, A History of Women: from ancient goddesses to Christian saints, Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, Changing History: women, power and politics, Caribbean Women in Historical Perspective, Wonder Women: 25 innovators, inventors and trailblazers who changed history, History of Women Journalists, Medieval Women: a social history of women in England 450-1500, Images of Women in the History of Philosophy, many more books on Women in History.
About 360 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Women United States History”. Some books: Women in American History: a bibliography, History of Women and Business in the U.S., Album of Women in American History, History of Women in the U.S. (several volumes), History of Women in Congress, Multicultural Economic History of Women in the U.S., History in Documents of the Women’s Movement in the U.S., Women and Addiction in the U.S., Women Religious History Sources: guide to repositories in the U.S., History of Wage-earning women in the U.S., Great Women in American History, An Intellectual History of Feminism in the U.S., History of Catholic Colleges for Women in the U.S., Women and Slavery in the U.S., American Women Sculptors, An Economic History of American Women, many more books on Women in American History.
Collection on Woman Suffrage
A free online collection compiled by a researcher at HathiTrust on the history of woman suffrage in America. Publication dates range from the 1850s to the 1980s.
Alcott, Louisa May
Boston: Roberts 1885 Dewey Dec. 973.7
“Several years before Louisa May Alcott created “Little Women” (1868), her most well- known novel, she worked as a nurse at a soldiers’ hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Drawing on that experience, Alcott wrote ‘Hospital Sketches’ (1863), a vivid account that offers rich insights into women’s wartime roles, the shocking conditions in soldiers’ hospitals, the lives of the soldiers themselves, and the racial prejudice of the time. Alice Fahs’s introduction supplies biographical, literary, and historical context for Alcott’s work.” -Publisher. Women and history, the history of women.
Contents: Obtaining supplies — A forward movement — A day — A night — Off duty — A postscript — The King of Clubs and the Queen of Hearts — Mrs. Podgers’ teapot — My contraband — Love and loyalty — A modern Cinderella — The Blue and the Gray — A hospital Christmas — An hour.
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A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation – Women’s History Books PDF Free Download
Holt 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.5
“An extraordinary American comes to life in this vivid, groundbreaking portrait of the early days of the republic – and the birth of modern politics. Within a few years [of her arrival in Washington in 1812], she had mastered both the social and political intricacies of the city, and by her death in 1849 was the most celebrated person in Washington… Catherine Allgor reveals that while Dolley’s gender prevented her from openly playing politics, those very constraints of womanhood allowed her to construct an American democratic ruling style, and to achieve her husband’s political goals. And the way that she did so – by emphasizing cooperation over coercion, building bridges instead of bunkers – has left us with not only an important story about our past but a model for a modern form of politics.” -Publisher
University of Virginia 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.5
“When Thomas Jefferson moved his Republican administration into the new capital city in 1801, one of his first acts was to abolish any formal receptions, except on specific holidays. However, without the face-to-face relationships and networks created in society, the American experiment in government could not function. Into this conundrum stepped women like Dolley Madison and Louisa Catherine Adams, women of political families who used the unofficial, social sphere to cement the relationships that politics needed to work.” -Publisher.
The Women of the South in War Times – Women’s History Books PDF Free Download
Andrews, Matthew Page, comp.
Baltimore: Norman, Remington 1920 Dewey Dec. 973.7
“The following pages depict the life of the southern people within the lines of the Confederacy during the four years of its storm-tossed existence. The greater part of the material is given in the words of those who were a part of the times in which they lived …[Editorial notes were added that] bar upon related events of larger historical import…” -Author’s Preface
1962 Dewey Dec. 940.2
“The theme of this extraordinary book is the emergence of the modern conception of family life and the modern image of the nature of children. The discovery of childhood as a distinct phase of life, M. Aries shows, is a recent event. Until the end of the Middle Ages, the child was, almost as soon as he was weaned, regarded as a small adult, who mingled, competed, worked and played with mature adults. Only gradually did parents begin to encourage the separation of adults and children, and a new family attitude, oriented around the child and his education, appeared.” – Book jacket
Aries, Philippe and Georges Duby
Belknap Press 1987 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Vol 1: ‘From Pagan Rome to Byzantium’, Paul Veyne, editor — Vol 2. ‘Revelations of the Medieval World’, Georges Duby, editor — Vol 3. ‘Passions of the Renaissance’, Roger Chartier, editor — Vol 4. ‘From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War’, Michelle Perrot, editor. There is also a fifth volume, covering WWI to the 1990s, that was not found online.
“First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves–from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces.
The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.” -Publisher description of Vol 1.
Atkinson, Clarissa W.
Cornell University 1991 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“After tracing the roots of medieval ideologies of motherhood in early Christianity, the author reconstructs the physiological assumptions underlying medieval notions about women’s bodies and reproduction. She then describes the development of “spiritual motherhood” both as a concept emerging out of monastic ideologies in the early Middle Ages and as a reality in the lives of certain remarkable women” -Book jacket
Contents: Christian motherhood: “Who is my mother”? — Physiological motherhood: The wandering womb — Spiritual motherhood: Extraordinary women in the early Middle Ages — Theological motherhood: The Virgin Mother of God — “Mother of love, mother of tears”: Holiness and families in the later Middle Ages — Motherhood reformed: The parson’s wife and her children — The construction of motherhood
A Virginia Girl in the Civil War, 1861-1865; being a record of the actual experiences of the wife of a Confederate officer – Women’s History Books PDF Free Download
Avary, Myrta Lockett, ed.
NY: Appleton 1903 Dewey Dec. 973.7
The author tells of her many travels across the war-torn South, her capture behind enemy lines, her encounter with the famous Belle Boyd, her friendship with the dashing general J E B Stuart, and the devastation suffered by the citizens of Richmond in the last days of the Confederacy.
Bailey, Martha J.
A Canadian introduction to nursing leadership and management for undergraduate nursing students at the upper year level. The four main themes that run throughout this text are patient safety; communication in leadership; critical thinking, and research. The text focuses on issues that affect nurses working in the Canadian health care system including workplace bullying and burnout, and features case studies and self-quiz questions and more.
Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
Barber, Elizabeth Wayland
Norton 1994 Dewey Dec. 930
“New discoveries about the textile arts reveal women’s unexpectedly influential role in ancient societies. Twenty thousand years ago, women were making and wearing the first clothing created from spun fibers. In fact, right up to the Industrial Revolution the fiber arts were an enormous economic force, belonging primarily to women… Elizabeth Wayland Barber has drawn from data gathered by the most sophisticated new archaeological methods–methods she herself helped to fashion. In a “brilliantly original book” (Katha Pollitt, Washington Post Book World), she argues that women were a powerful economic force in the ancient world, with their own industry: fabric.” -Publisher
Barber Women’s Work, Elizabeth Barber Women’s Work the First 20000 years, Women’s Work the First 20000 years. Books on women’s history.
An English wife in Berlin; A Private Memoir of Events, Politics, and Daily Life in Germany Throughout the War and the Social Revolution of 1918
Blücher von Wahlstatt, Evelyn Mary Stapleton-Bretherton
1920 Dewey Dec. 940.3
Selected Articles on Mothers’ Pensions – Women’s History Books PDF Free Download
Bullock, Edna D., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 362.8
In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles. Women and history, books on women’s history.
Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.
Capel, Anne K.
Hudson Hills 1996 Dewey Dec. 932
“Masterpieces or Egyptian art dating from 3000 to 300 B.C. have been brought together from great American museum and private collections to illuminate the role of women in ancient Egyptian society. This magnificent volume explores the full spectrum of women’s lives and pursuits through three millennia of history. Separate essays cover ” Women’s Work: Some Occupations of Nonroyal Women as Depicted in Ancient Egyptian Art”; “In Women Good and Bad Fortune Are On Earth: Status and Roles of Women in Egyptian Culture” and “The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt”… But the dazzling centerpiece of ‘Mistress of the House’ is devoted to more than one hundred objects assembled for the accompanying exhibition.” -Book jacket. Books on women’s history.
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Flamingo 1993 Dewey Dec. 951
The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.
An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.
1919 Dewey Dec. 940.2
Introductory – Capitalists – Agriculture – Textiles – Crafts And Trades – Professions – Conclusion.
Bobbs-Merrill 1967 Dewey Dec. 932
This volume covers what little is known about the personal lives of the five queens (Hashepsowe, Tiye, Nefertiti, Ankhesnamun, Nefertari), and shows the detective process by which information has been extracted from objects recovered by archaeologists. The author also presents “animated portraits of the women who served them, dressed their hair, sang songs, baked bread, poured wine. One cannot help but make a more direct identification with these lively ladies than with the “prim matrons of Rome or the marble goddesses of Greece””. -Book jacket
In Detroit Courage was the Fashion. The Contribution of Women to the Development of Detroit from 1701 to 1951 – Women’s History Books PDF Free Download
Crathern, Alice Tarbell
Detroit: Wayne University 1953
In 1951 the City of Detroit celebrated its 250th year. Business and professional women of Detroit set up a committee to gather material on the contribution of women to Detroit life, and they asked Professor Alice Crathern to produce this history. She organized it into the following chapters, showing how women, individually and through their organizations, contributed to the welfare of Detroit’s population, and to civic life.
Facts on File 2000 Dewey Dec. 305.4
The Encyclopedia of Women’s History in America recounts in accurate detail the events, movements, court cases, documents and important figures that make up women’s history in America. From a biography of colonial poet Anne Bradstreet to a discussion of the “glass ceiling,” this engagingly written resource provides sound, reliable information on virtually every aspect of the experiences and achievements of women in the United States.
Over 500 entries comprise this authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedia, including: Phyllis Wheatley, Violence Against Women Act, contraception, Roe v. Wade, Susan B. Anthony, women in the military, year of the woman, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Fire With Fire, and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Books on women’s history.
Dean, Ruth and Melissa Thomson
2005 Dewey Dec. 940.2
Women of the Renaissance brings to life the daily work and notable achievements of early modern women in their roles as wives and mothers, caregivers, workers, religious leaders, queens, rebels, pirates, scholars, writers and artists.
Contents: Introduction : worlds of the Renaissance — Wives, mothers, and caregivers — Women at work — Women in religious life — Women who filled the role of queen — Political leaders, rebels, and pirates — Women scholars and scientists — Women writers — Women artists. Books on women’s history.
Pantheon 1983 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“This ambitious study sets out to discover what marriage meant in the daily lives of the nobles of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. Through entertaining anecdotes, family dramas, and striking quotations, Duby succeeds in bringing his subjects to life, making us feel as if we understand the motives and conflicts of those who inhabited the distant past.” -Publisher
Contents: The marriages of King Philip I — Moral values : priests and knights — Marriage according to Bourchard — Robert the pious — Princes and knights — The heretics — The lives of the saints, male and female — Guibert of Nogent — Yves of Chartres — The royal family — Literature — The lords of Amboise — The counts of Guines.
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Duby, Georges and Michelle Perrot, eds.
Belknap 1992 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Contents: Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, editor. Writing the history of women / G. Duby, M. Perrot ; Including women / C. Klapisch-Zuber ; The clerical gaze / J. Dalarun ; The nature of women / C. Thomasset ; The protected woman / C. Casagrande ; The good wife / S. Vecchio ; Regulating women’s fashion / D.O. Hughes ; Women from the fifth to the tenth century / S.F. Wemple ; The feudal order / P. L’Hermitage-Leclercq ; The courtly model / G. Duby ; Life in the Late Middle Ages / C. Opitz ; The world of women / F. Piponnier ; The imagined woman / C. Frugoni ; Literary and mystical voices / D. Regnier-Bohler — Affidavits and confessions / G. Duby. Women and history, the history of women.
Chicago, U.S.A. 1893, with portraits, biographies and addresses
Eagle, Mary Kavanaugh Oldham, ed.
Conkey 1894 Dewey Dec. 305.4
“As a part of the Columbian Exposition … there was a daily gathering of women, who, in a great building devoted to their uses, expressed their ideas regarding the social, business and political affairs of humankind and all that pertains to making a greater future for the human race. This book reproduces the ideas advanced by these women, who represented the civilized world.” – from the Publishers’ Preface
This large volume contains over 150 papers by representatives of many states and countries that were given as addresses in the Woman’s Building during the exposition. There are brief biographies for each author, and portraits of most.
For works on the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, see: Illinois Cultural History: Education, Recreation, the Arts. Books on women’s history.
Ellet, E F.
New York: Scribner 1852
“In this interesting volume, we have 59 extended biographical sketches of wives and mothers who ventured into the western wilds, and bore their part in the struggles and labors of the early pioneers. Most of the biographies were prepared from private records, and are authentic in every respect; none had appeared previous to their publication in this work.”
– Peter G. Thomson, A Bibliography of the State of Ohio (1880)
Faust, Drew Gilpin
Univ. of North Carolina 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.7
When Confederate men marched off to battle, white women across the South confronted unaccustomed and unsought responsibilities: directing farms and plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly restive slaves. As southern women struggled “to do a man’s business”, they found themselves compelled to reconsider their most fundamental assumptions about their identities and about the larger meaning of womanhood. Drew Faust offers a compelling picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis. According to Faust, the most privileged of southern women experienced the destruction of war as both a social and a personal upheaval: the prerogatives of whiteness and the protections of ladyhood began to dissolve as the Confederacy weakened and crumbled. Faust draws on the eloquent diaries, letters, essays, memoirs, fiction, and poetry of more than 500 of the Confederacy’s elite women to show that with the disintegration of slavery and the disappearance of prewar prosperity, every part of these women’s lives became vexed and uncertain.
Felder, Deborah G.
Carol 1999 Dewey Dec. 305.4
A Century of Women chronicles those events that have revolutionized womanhood and, hence, society as a whole in the past one hundred years. Rights and privileges perceived as inalienable today, like the right to vote, sexual freedom, job opportunity, and security provided by laws that prohibit discrimination and sexual harassment, would never have been possible without the effort of women whose saga of determination is told in this book Highlighted here are the lives and works of such groundbreaking women as Amelia Earheart, Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman in Congress, Gloria Steinem, co-founder and publisher of Ms. Magazine; and Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut. The struggles of these women and others like them to remove gender obstacles and transform ideals fueled the continual quest for rights and freedom around the world in the twenty-first century. A Century of Women also celebrates events that forever changed history, such as the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote; the founding of the National Council of Negro Women in 1935; the inception of the National Organization for Women in 1966; and the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. A thoughtful and provocative retrospective of twentieth-century events that have shaped women’s culture and history.
Contents: (1st half of chapter titles) 1900-1909: Carry Nation — The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union formed — Electric washing machine invented — The twilight sleep technique for painless childbirth introduced — National Women’s Trade Union League is Formed — Mary McLeod Bethune founds the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls — 1910-1919: The Mann Act — First women movie stars — Dr. Alice Hamilton — The Triangle Shirwaist fire — The first International Women’s Day — Juliette Gordon founds Girl Scouts — Mary Phelps Jacobs patents the brassiere — Mother’s Day becomes a national holiday — “Vogue” becomes the leading fashion magazine — The Woman’s Peace Party founded — The first birth control clinic opens — Jeanette Rankin is first woman elected to U.S. Congress — WWI — League of Women Voters founded — 1920-1929: Congress ratifies 19th amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote — Betty Crocker — Miss America — Sheppard-Towner Act — Women track & field athletes included in Amateur Athletic Union — “History of Woman Suffrage” is published — Sex hormones are discovered — Margaret Mead publishes “Coming of age in Samoa” — 1930-1939: The Great Depression — Amelia Earhart flies solo — Sulfa drugs first used against puerperal (childbed) fever — National Council of Negro Women is organized — Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” published — Karen Horney challenges Freudian conceptions of female psychology in “New Ways in Psychoanalysis” — WWII — “Seventeen” Magazine for teens published — First baby boomers born — French fashion designer Louis Reard invents the bikini — “Modern woman: the lost sex”, a postwar treatise on the status of women, is published.
Histories of women in popular culture — Women in popular literature — Women in magazines and magazine fiction — Women in film — Women in television — Women in advertising, fashion, sports, and comics — Theories of women in popular culture. Books on women’s history.
1979 Dewey Dec. 940.2
In this book, the author provides a detailed analysis of kinship, household and family relations in early modern France. He discusses the strength of kinship and family ties, the structure of households, the rights and duties of husband and wife, their authority over their children, the role of the family in education, the position of servants within the family, the attitudes and sentiments of different family members towards each other and the differences between noble and peasant families. He also deals with the changes in the patterns of sexual life that occurred in this period and investigates the beginnings of birth control in the late eighteenth century, and the possibilities or abortion and divorce. Professor Flandrin uses primarily documentary evidence from early modern France, but also draws comparisons with England in the same period, and with the medieval and modern family. His book provides a fascinating account of the intimate life of men and women in past society, and shows how that society has exerted a lasting influence on the behaviour of our contemporaries.
adventures, privations, captivities, trials, and noble lives and deaths of the “pioneer mothers of the Republic”
Fowler, William W.
Williamstown, Mass: Corner House 1878
Numerous brief stories of heroism and hardship on many frontiers throughout American history. Some of the chapter headings are:
– Woman as a Pioneer – Woman’s Work in Floods and Storms – Woman’s Adventures and Heroism – On the Indian Trail – Captive Scouts – Patriot Women of the Revolution – Home Life in the Backwoods – Encounters with Wild Beasts – Courage and Daring
– Woman as a Missionary to the Indians – Woman in the Army – The Comforter and Guardian – Woman as an Educator on the Frontier.
Foy, Jessica H. and Schlereth, Thomas J, eds.
Univ. of Tennessee 1992 Dewey Dec. 973.8
Essay collection. “The book’s contributors study transformations in services (such as home utilities of power, heat, light, water, and waste removal) in servicing (for example, the impact of home appliances such as gas and electric ranges, washing machines, and refrigerators), and in serving (changes in domestic servants’ duties, hours of work, racial and ethnic backgrounds). In blending intellectual and home history, these essays both examine and exemplify the perennial American enthusiasm for, as well as anxiety about, the meaning of modernity”. Publisher.
Contents: Introduction : American homes and American scholars / Thomas J. Schlereth — The modern look of the early twentieth-century house : a mirror of changing lifestyles / Candace M. Volz — The decline of the memory palace : the parlor after 1890 / Katherine C. Grier — Children in the house, 1890 to 1930 / Karin Calvert — Home libraries : special spaces, reading places / Linda M. Kruger — A history of American beds and bedrooms, 1890-1930 / Elizabeth Collins Cromley — “The family that plays together stays together” : family pastimes and indoor amusements, 1890-1930 / Donna R. Braden — Parlor piety : the home as sacred space in Protestant America / Colleen McDannell — Gardens of change / Patricia M. Tice — Coal stoves and clean sinks : housework between 1890 and 1930 / Ruth Schwartz Cowan — Conduits and conduct : home utilities in Victorian America, 1876-1915 / Thomas J. Schlereth –Modernizing domestic service / Daniel E. Sutherland. Books on women’s history.
Free Press 2010 Dewey Dec. 937
“In scandals and power struggles obscured by time and legend, the wives, mistresses, mothers, sisters, and daughters of the Caesars have been popularly characterized as heartless murderers, shameless adulteresses, and conniving politicians in the high dramas of the Roman court. Yet little has been known about who they really were and their true roles in the history-making schemes of imperial Rome’s ruling Caesars; indeed, how they figured in the rise, decline, and fall of the empire. Now, in ‘Caesars Wives’, Annelise Freisenbruch pulls back the veil on these fascinating women in Rome’s power circles, giving them the chance to speak for themselves for the first time. With impeccable scholarship and arresting storytelling, Freisenbruch brings their personalities vividly to life, from notorious Livia and scandalous Julia to Christian Helena.” -Publisher