The Majority Finds Its Past

The Majority Finds Its Past : Placing Women in History

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In twelve essays addressing both broad feminist issues and specific historical subjects, Lerner calls for the creation of a truly universal history equally concerned with men, women, and the demise of more

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • tables
  • 0195028996
  • 9780195028997

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"Interesting and thought-provoking essays."--Amy Rieger, Brevard Community College"In a dozen keen and tough-minded essays, Gerda Lerner unravels the triple knots of sex, class and race--and helps American women understand where we must be by showing us so clearly where we have been. A remarkably energetic and energizing book."--Letty Cottin Pogrebin"A passionate and cogent challenge to [the] long-standing relegation of women to historical marginality."--New Directions for Women"This volume includes some of the most important and influential articles written in women's history during the last ten years."--Kathryn Kish Sklar, State University of New York, Binghamton"A splendid introduction to women's history in the U.S."--The New Republicshow more

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Gerda Lerner (History, Women's Studies; Sarah Lawrence) started as a relatively untrained researcher outside academe, became a middle-aged graduate student with an "exotic specialty," is now a feminist historian working closely with other scholars. As the opening essay in this collection reveals, her own professional growth thus dovetails with the growth of women's history as a scholarly field. Because of the comparative youth of the field and its struggle for legitimacy, Lerner has repeatedly had to demonstrate that solid historical materials are available and can be used effectively to answer such questions as whether or not women have a history (or only a pre-history), and whether they suffer common oppression or are divided by race and class. Lerner's interest in black women (Black Woman in White America, 1972) is reflected by three essays which, while finding some correspondences - as in the community-building work shared by women of both races - uncovers "more evidence of tension than of sisterhood." Another article describes the broad, unacknowledged political work of 19th-century women, and concludes that their apparent invisibility is due to historians' habit of looking for them in typically male activities rather than searching out uniquely female patterns of participation. Concluding articles broaden the perspective by analyzing the development of a historiography and providing an agenda for leading women from their pre-history to the uncovering of their past, to its synthesis with traditional history and the eventual formulation of "universal history" - "a history in which men and women will have equal significance." A stimulating report on work in progress, both collective and individual. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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