Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present

Women s Letters America from the Revolutionary War to the Present Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women s singular correspondences often their only form of public expression In Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to

  • Title: Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present
  • Author: Lisa Grunwald Stephen J. Adler
  • ISBN: 9780385335539
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women s singular correspondences often their only form of public expression In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington s portrait during the War of 181Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women s singular correspondences often their only form of public expression In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington s portrait during the War of 1812 one week after JFK s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy pens a heartfelt letter to Nikita Khrushchev and on September 12, 2001, a schoolgirl writes a note of thanks to a New York City firefighter, asking him, Were you afraid The letters gathered here also offer fresh insight into the personal milestones in women s lives Here is a mid nineteenth century missionary describing a mastectomy performed without anesthesia Marilyn Monroe asking her doctor to spare her ovaries in a handwritten note she taped to her stomach before appendix surgery an eighteen year old telling her mother about her decision to have an abortion the year after Roe v Wade and a woman writing to her parents and in laws about adopting a Chinese baby.With than 400 letters and over 100 stunning photographs, Women s Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a remarkable testament to the women who lived and made history.

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    1. Primary source collection. Letters, all transcribed and easy to read. Famous women and un-famous women. It's wonderful, you can pick it up, read one or two, put it down, or curl up with it for hours. Some letters will really just break your heart.

    2. I'm going to campaign for my book club to put this one on our list. It's a compilation of letters that women have written through the years, and it was fascinating. It starts out in the 1770s and goes to present time. You just skip around and read whatever sounds interesting. I spent most of my time reading Revolutionary War era letters and also letters from the mid-1900s. A lot of our history is written from the male perspective (since women weren't given formal education for a long time, and m [...]

    3. This is a great book compiling letters from a variety of women throughout US history. I have not read the whole thing (my copy is 800 pages) but I went through and read letters from years that are meaningful to me. I would love to read the whole thing at some point. It would be great for a US history class. I love that it gives all types of women voices. We don't often hear their side of history. One letter that stuck with me is a girl who dressed as a man to fight in the civil war. She died on [...]

    4. This book is a gift that will keep on giving as the many letters that were written from 1775 to 2004 will undoubtedly give me enjoyment and inspiration for some time to come. I have put it beside my bed to read just a few each day so I can take the time to reflect on them but the book creeped downstairs this morning because I wanted to keep reading. The very first letter is a short note from an Abigail Grant berating her husband for acting cowardly at Bunker Hill. She offers to take his place if [...]

    5. This volume--a gift from Brynn--goes on the "perpetually reading" shelf. It's an excellent collection of letters, the perfect thing to pick up when you're in between books or just want a change of scene. I think it would also be neat to pair selections from this book while reading an American history, especially if reading about a time in which women's voices were not included in the official record. Also, and my testimony is proof, a great gift.

    6. This is a great primary source. I used it for a few papers. It's also just an interesting collection. The authors compiled various letters written by women to their friends, family, etc about every historical topic imaginable. It's a great book to flip through.

    7. I love history! So often history books ignores women's role and experiences. This book allows you to read letters from women written between the 1700's and 2000's. This book contains 700+ pages of American history as seen through the eyes of the women who lived it.

    8. This was a good book to read in sections. How the art of letter writing has vanished! It does include some e-mails at the end, but it's just not the same. You have to think more and have more time to think when you're writing long-hand.I have this book to loan if anyone is interested.

    9. I loved this book of historical letters written by women. Some were to friends, family, husbands etc. This gave alot of insight into womens lives and their daily life and political/ historical happenings at time of the writtings.

    10. I love love love this book!! There are few better ways to understand the lives of women than through their letters. Small and day to day concerns are discussed right along side the more life changing events of war, love, birth and death. I cannot say enough good things about this compilation!

    11. Just bought this last week - I like reading letters - they seem so personal. So far its a bit slow b/c I'm in the 18th century letters, which I find a bit bland, but I think overall its amazing to read history this way.

    12. best book ever highly recommended naivally the history of the America in womens letters from 1775 to 2005

    13. An inspiring and insightful journey into the lives of both well known and ordinary women in America. This is a compilation of expressed dreams, fears and vision. "

    14. I skimmed through many of the letters but is an interesting book if you have time for it. Felt a bit like a history text book

    15. A really fun way to remember our history. Letters from woman who were in the upper "class" to slaves, really unique.

    16. There is a captivation in reading other people's letters and these by women portray the evolution of lives they grasp as possible and those not considered due to their era.

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