Nancy F. Cott, the editor of this volume, is Stanley Woodward Professor of History and American studies at Yale University. She is the author of The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780–1835; The Grounding of Modern Feminism; and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation; editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women; and editor of the twenty-volume History of Women in the United States.
William H. Chafe is Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. He has also served as director of the Duke-University of North Carolina Women’s Studies Research Center. Professor Chafe is the author of The American Woman: Her Changing Social, Political and Economic Roles 1920–1970; Women and Equality: Changing Patterns in American Culture; Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom; The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II; The Paradox of Change: American Women in the Twentieth Century; and Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism. He is co-editor, with Harvard Sitkoff, of A History of Our Time: Readings in Postwar America, and general series editor, with Anne Firor Scott, of University Publications of America’s women’s studies series.
John Demos is the Samuel Knight Professor of American History at Yale University. He is the author of several volumes of colonial history, including The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Non-Fiction (1994); A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony; and Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England, for which he was awarded the 1982 Bancroft Prize in American History.