Before They Could Vote: American Women's Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919


The life narratives in this collection are by ethnically diverse women of energy and ambition some well known, some forgotten over generations who confronted barriers of gender, class, race, and sexual difference as they pursued or adapted to adventurous new lives in a rapidly changing America. The engaging selections from captivity narratives to letters, manifestos, criminal confessions, and childhood sketches span a hundred years in which women increasingly asserted themselves publicly. Some rose to positions of ...

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