Friday, March 05, 2010

Women and Social Movements in the US, 1600-2000 - free in March

March is Women’s History month and to celebrate, Alexander Street Press have made the popular online collection, Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar's Edition, freely accessible for the entire month.

To access Women and Social Movements, Scholar's Edition, simply visit

This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question.

Some examples are:
How Did White Women Aid Former Slaves During and After the Civil War, 1863-1891?
How and Why Did the Guerrilla Girls Alter the Art Establishment in New York City, 1985-1995?

The Scholar's Edition also includes more than 40,000 pages of full-text sources, including:
Proceedings of all women's rights conventions, 1848-1869
Proceedings of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898
Selected publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000

Also newly added to the Scholar's Edition are:
Notable American Women, the five-volume biographical dictionary
The Collected Publications of federal, state, and local Commissions on the Status of Women, a digital archive with 90,000 pages of publications, 1961-2005
New content is added semi-annually.

Please also be sure to check out the companion blog to Women and Social Movements,
Women and Social Movements: The Online Discussion, where faculty discuss how they’ve made use of the online collection in the classroom, share syllabi, and exchange ideas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This will be an invaluable resource for any student and member of staff with an interest in gender, women's history, US history or American Studies. With its combination of excellent scholarly essays and extensive primary source projects and archives, this will certainly be something I will strongly recommend to my students and colleagues.