Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton
In This Issue
In this first issue of 2008 we are publishing two new document projects, a new teaching tool, and book reviews. The first project, authored by Patricia Cleary, examines attitudes toward women's roles as wives and mothers in eighteenth-century colonial St. Louis. In this outpost of the Spanish empire, populated by French, Spanish, African, and Indian residents, authorities seeking the creation of a growing colonial population paid close attention to inhabitants' intimate relations, particularly limiting interracial socializing and controlling women's sexual conduct. In the second project, Michelle Moravec explores the history of the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, founded in 1973 by Judy Chicago, Arlene Raven and Sheila de Bretteville. The Woman s Building enjoyed a surprisingly long history of eighteen years, making it unique among institutions of second wave feminism and providing an opportunity to consider the evolution of one feminist project over almost two decades.
This issue also includes a new teaching tool and five book reviews. The teaching tool, authored by Christine Woyshner of Temple University, offers thoughts on teaching with images of mid-nineteenth-century women s dress reform, complementing the document project, How Did Diverse Activists Shape the Dress Reform Movement, 1838-1881? on the website.
The full-text sources in this issue mark our second installment of publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000. Over the next two years we expect to publish about 8,000 pages of publications from the founding of the League in 1920 until 2000. The League was the successor to the National American Woman Suffrage Association after the ratification of the nineteenth amendment and the leading women's political organization across much of the twentieth century. League publications are often difficult to identify and access and the publication of a substantial selection of these materials in our full-text sources section should make a contribution to teaching and research in twentieth-century U.S. Women's History.