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Women’s History

Alice Kessler-Harris

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0017
Women’s History

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For a long period, a small number of women were active in the Mississippi Valley Historical Association but there were no papers on women at the annual meetings and only two articles on women in the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, one of them by a man. This situation prevailed until the eve of the 1970s. Reflecting the rising influence of the feminist movement, the Journal of American History began to publish articles and the annual meeting began to offer papers on women, most of them written by women. By the 1980s, the Journal of American History left no doubt that the historical profession had changed, and by the 1990s, articles on women gave way to ones on gender and the history of women moved into the mainstream. This chapter concludes that now, women's history “has fulfilled its promise of fostering a history of “all the people,”” and the Organization of American Historians has “fully participated in this process”.

Keywords: American history; women's history; feminist movement; Organization of American Historians

Chapter.  4888 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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