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 first issue of 2007 we are publishing two new document projects and our normal array of reviews and news from the archives. The two projects complement one another and offer an excellent window into the intersection of race and gender in the civil rights and women's movements between 1940 and the mid-1970s. Our first document project, written by Cynthia Taylor, examines the efforts of black women to operate within the male-led and -dominated March on Washington Movement during World War II. The project's epilogue carries the story of gender relations in the civil rights movement forward to the 1963 March on Washington. Activists Pauli Murray and Anna Arnold Hedgeman provide a bridge between the two campaigns and their later writings demonstrate the persistence of male dominance within the civil rights movement even in the early 1960s. The second document project, authored by Serena Mayeri, traces the further influence of Pauli Murray on changing feminist legal strategies in the 1960s and '70s. Mayeri demonstrates how a veteran of civil rights litigation was able to help shape a blending of the formerly competing strategies of equal rights feminists and labor feminists into an approach that ultimately led all feminists to embrace the Equal Rights Amendment by the mid-1970s.
This issue also includes five book reviews and our regular feature, News from the Archives. 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 Winter 2007-08 and will announce developments on this front in the near future.
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