Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection includes 122 document projects or archives and 4,950 documents and 170,000 pages of additional full-text sources, written by more than 2,600 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. It continues to grow with two new issues/releases annually.
This editorial website is intended to provide interested students and scholars an overview of the subscription website, to offer freely-accessible examples of document projects, and to introduce prospective contributors to the process of preparing a document project or archive for publication on the website.
To find out whether your library subscribes to WASM, ask a reference librarian. Currently about 400 libraries subscribe. The database is typically accessed through libraries' web pages. Your reference librarian can tell you how to gain access. For information about library subscriptions, click here.
We are now encouraging scholars to apply Digital Humanities tools to textual analysis of the primary documents posted on this database. See our Call for Digital Humanities articles The first such essay along these lines appeared on WASM in 2015. It is also freely available on this editorial site. See;
"Under this name she is fitly described": A Digital History of Gender in the History of Woman Suffrage, by Michelle Moravec
WASM is jointly published by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at SUNY Binghamton and Alexander Street Press. It includes 170,000 pages of books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, manuscripts, and other documents -- in addition to its innovative document projects. (For access to the site, please click here to arrange a free 30-day trial subscription.)
Since March 2004, we have been an online journal (see current table of contents). We publish 5,000 pages of primary materials and 4 new document projects or archives each year, along with book and website reviews, news from the archives, and teaching tools that employ the site's documents.
The site also features a Dictionary of Social Movements, a Chronology of Women's History, an extensive author database, and Alexander Street Press's award-winning Semantic Indexing. Together, these tools allow you to search the document projects and primary sources in ways that are impossible on a simple website. For more on how to use the expanded website, see our tips on how to navigate.
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Supported by funding from Alexander Street Press. We gratefully acknowledge past funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Houghton Mifflin, and Pro Quest Information and Learning.
and Social Movements, 1600-2000
Site was last updated October 2016.
Globe image from the cover of The World's Congress of Representative Women (1893)
The Weathervane image used throughout this site is:
Lucile Chabot, "Gabriel Weathervane," c. 1939, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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