June 2007

Editors : Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin
Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton

In This Issue

In our second issue of 2007 we are publishing two new document projects, an addition to an existing document project, a teaching tool, and our normal array of reviews and news from the archives. The two projects help move back in time WASM's analysis of women's history. Tracy Leavelle offers a study of the impact of Christianity and interaction with French traders and missionaries on native Illinois women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Bonnie Laughlin Schultz explores the influence of female academies, and particularly of the author and headmistress, Susanna Rowson, on young women in the early new nation. In addition, Kathryn Kish Sklar has integrated a chapter from W.E.B. Du Bois's classic work, The Souls of Black Folk, into her earlier document project on the attitudes of Du Bois and Booker T. Washington toward woman suffrage. We also publish a teaching tool offering ways to work with students with the documents provided by the document project on Susanna Rowson and female academies.

Periodically we publish reviews of this website from scholarly journals. With this issue we offer two new reviews that have appeared in the past year. Following this link will take you to the reviews section of About WASM, where you will find these two latest appraisals of WASM.

This issue also includes five book reviews, a website review, and our regular feature, News from the Archives. This section provides news about collections and projects of interest from archives and repositories. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact the editor of the new section, Tanya Zanish-Belcher , Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.

The full-text sources in this issue continue our online publication of the minutes and reports of the annual meetings of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the largest women's social movement in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. With the September publication of the 1898 set of NWCTU minutes, we will have completed our run of 6,000 pages of minutes covering the period 1874-1898. We will publish a variety of other materials in our September issue, and then in December 2007 we will begin a two-year period in which we will focus our full-text sources on publications of national, state, and local Leagues of Women Voters between 1920 and 2000. The League was the foremost national organization to maintain the tradition of the suffrage movement after the passage of the nineteenth amendment. The National League of Women Voters has graciously granted permission to reprint their publications and we look forward to making these rich resources available to WASM users.


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