A Companion to American Women's History by Nancy A. Hewitt

By Nancy A. Hewitt

This selection of twenty-four unique essays via top students in American women's historical past highlights the latest vital scholarship at the key debates and destiny instructions of this well known and modern field.

• Covers the breadth of yankee Women's historical past, together with the colonial kin, marriage, overall healthiness, sexuality, schooling, immigration, paintings, shopper tradition, and feminism.
• Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each very important period and subject.
• comprises elevated bibliography of titles to lead additional examine.

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It may have been comparable to the inability to circumcise so as to properly initiate boys and girls into their adulthood. The loss of this rite constituted an unbelievable violence to f d y , ethnic, and religious traditions. The memories and belief systems that dictated female circumcision, or polygamous households, or sexual abstinence as birth control, would live on in the Americas even as men and women’s ability to actualize such aspects of their past would be lost and mourned. Over time, these cultural traditions were renegotiated as Africans made sexual connections and gave birth to children whom they guided into an adulthood categorically at odds with their own past.

Stoler, Ann L. (1989) “Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in Twentieth-century Colonial Empires,” American Ethnologist 16, pp. 634-60. Stoler, Ann L. (1992) “Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers: European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 34, pp. 514-51. Waselkov, Gregory A. and Braund, Kathryn E. ) (1995) WilliamBartram on the Southeastern Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Once these women found themselves in American slave societies, slaveowners wrenched this most essential site of commonality between mothers and daughters from them. Enslaved mothers would be forced to devise new ritual spaces as substitutes. Motherhood was a social role caremy prepared for in Africa, as elsewhere. On the Gold Coast after a marriage announcement, the bride’s friends ritually prepared her for conception. Once pregnant she would be “brought to the seashore in order to be washed,” after being ritually dirtied by “a great number of boys and girls” on her way to the water (Bosman 1967: 208).

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