Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era

Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era

Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era

Gender, Class, Race, and Reform in the Progressive Era

Synopsis

" In this collection of informative essays, Noralee Frankel and Nancy S. Dye bring together work by such notable scholars as Ellen Carol DuBois, Alice Kessler-Harris, Barbara Sicherman, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn to illuminate the lives and labor of American women from the late nineteenth century to the early 1920s. Revealing the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class, the authors explore women's accomplishments in changing welfare and labor legislation; early twentieth century feminism and women's suffrage; women in industry and the work force; the relationship between family and community in early twentieth-century America; and the ways in which African American, immigrant, and working-class women contributed to progressive reform. This challenging collection not only displays the dramatic transformations women of all classes experienced, but also helps construct a new scaffolding for progressivism in general.

Excerpt

The essays in this volume were originally delivered as papers at the Conference on Women in the Progressive Era held March 10-12, 1988, at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

This conference was sponsored by the American Historical Association and the National Museum of American History, with financial assistance from the Division of Research Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Quaker Hill Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships and Grants.

William Chafe, Nancy S. Dye, Noralee Frankel, Alice Kessler-Harris, Susan Tank Lesser, Edith P. Mayo, Karen Offen, and Rosalyn Terborg- Penn served as members of the conference's program committee. Roger Kennedy, director, and the staff of the National Museum of American History generously shared the museum's facilities. Edith P. Mayo and Mary Grassick capably coordinated the conference arrangements at the Museum of American History. Rosemary Wozniak and Debbie Wozniak provided invaluable assistance in preparing this manuscript, and Maureen Vincent- Morgan edited the manuscript.

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