Editors: Kathryn Kish Sklar
and Thomas Dublin
Published by Alexander Street Press and the
Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, SUNY Binghamton
In This Issue
In this final issue of 2006 we are publishing two new document projects and our normal complement of teaching tools, reviews, and news from the archives. Our first document project, written by Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith, examines the successful effort of white women in Texas in 1918 to secure suffrage in whites-only primary elections in that state. It demonstrates how politically-savvy suffragists took advantage of a major split in the Democratic party in Texas to gain leverage for their cause. The second document project, authored by Tamar Carroll, explores the multi-racial, cross-class organizing of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women of Brooklyn in the 1970's and '80's, showing how neighborhood organizing expanded and took on national and international dimensions across these decades. The two projects together provide a view of the wide spectrum of women's social movements across the twentieth century and belie any simplistic generalization about feminism and issues of race.
This issue also includes four book reviews and one new teaching tool. Teaching tools provide lesson ideas for working with documents found on Women and Social Movements in the United States. Bonnie Laughlin Schultz provides a framework for exploring the document project, "How Did Oberlin Women Students Draw on Their College Experience to Participate in Antebellum Social Movements, 1831-1861?" If you are interested in preparing a teaching tool for the website, please contact Laura Westhoff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis to discuss possibilities.
News from the Archives has become a regular feature of the Women and Social Movements website. This section provides news about collections and projects of interest from archives and repositories. If you are affiliated with an archive or repository and would like to submit an announcement that you feel would be of interest to our readers, please contact the editor of the new section, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Associate Professor and Head of the Special Collections Department and University Archives at Iowa State University.
The full-text sources in this issue continue our online publication of twenty-five years of the minutes and reports of the annual meetings of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the largest women's social movement in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This run of reports will amount to 6,000 pages spread out in five quarterly issues over a fifteen-month period. We are working on other possible major runs of primary documents beginning in Fall 2007 and will announce developments on this front in the near future.
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