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
This second issue of 2012 contains the full range of resources that we publish—two new Document Projects, Book Reviews, Full-Text Sources, and News from the Archives. In the Scholars’ Edition, to improve searchability we are also continuing to transcribe and rekey documents related to state Commissions on the Status of Women.
Women in nineteenth-century reform movements provide the focus for our two document projects in this issue. John McClymer in “How Did the Rival Temperance Conventions of 1853 Help Forge an Enduring Alliance between Prohibition and Woman’s Rights?" explores the conflictual relationship between the women’s rights and temperance movements in a series of conventions held in New York City in 1853. Drawing on extremely rich, virtually verbatim, reports of the conventions held in September 1853, Professor McClymer illuminates the divisions among temperance advocates over women’s participation in the movement. The reports also reveal the differing responses of New York newspaper editors and journalists to these meetings. Ultimately, McClymer argues, despite tensions at these meetings, women’s rights and temperance advocates created enduring bonds that persisted through the enactment of prohibition and woman’s suffrage in 1919 and 1920.
This document project preserves historical texts by transcribing and rekeying difficult-to-access newspaper articles from the New York Daily Tribune and the New York Weekly Herald for September 1853. In working on the project, we found that online versions of these two papers were not legible when printed. With support from Alexander Street Press we employed undergraduates at Assumption College and SUNY Binghamton to transcribe the articles and prepare printable and searchable versions of the sources.
Carol Faulkner is the author of our second document project, "How Did an International Agenda Shape the American Women's Rights Movement, 1840-1869?" Drawing on documents from the History of Woman Suffrage and proceedings of mid-century women's rights conventions, she highlights the international activists who participated in the women's rights meetings held in the United States between 1848 and 1869. She also shows how American women reformers interacted with European women reformers.
Carol Faulkner responded to our hope that scholars would "mine" the full-text sources that we have assembled on WASM in the past nine years and to use them to create new scholarly resources. We encourage WASM users to think how they might also "mine" Full-Text sources on the WASM database. To find those sources, browse "Full-Text Sources." To select a particular category among those listed, uncheck all but the one you wish to view. If you have an idea for a document project that draws upon the Full-Text sources, please contact one of the editors to discuss the possibility.
With this issue, we publish our fourth installment of documents related to the American judicial movement, Gender Bias in the Courts, which, beginning in the mid-1980s examined and redressed discrimination against women in the court system. Those discovering this set of reports for the first time will also want to explore the introductory essay to this collection authored by Carrie Baker, which analyzes the origins and impact of this movement and provides a context in which to better understand these documents. We published that introduction in our September 2011 issue.
We round out this issue with other valuable resources, including eight book reviews, a review essay, and News from the Archives. This issue introduces our new book review editor, Professor Mary Henold of Roanoke College. If you are interested in reviewing books or have titles to recommend for review, please email Mary Henold with your suggestions.
Please note as well the announcements in the News from the Archives section, assembled by its hard-working editor, Tanya Zanish-Belcher. If you would like to make an archives-related announcement in a future issue, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, we want to remind readers of the continuing publication of our second, major online digital archive, "Women and Social Movements, International—1840 to Present." Since January 2011 we have published five installments of this new archive, which now includes 150,000 pages of primary documents. It includes both published and manuscript materials generated by women's participation in international conferences and organizations over a period of 170 years, from missionary and abolitionist activities in the first half of the nineteenth century to women's NGO activism in the early twenty-first century. We also commissioned about thirty secondary articles by scholars working in fields related to the archive, which place the primary materials within a broader interpretive context and offer suggestions on how best to make use of these online resources. We posted those essays in October 2012.
Alexander Street Press is marketing this transnational archive to libraries, offering both subscriptions or purchase plans. Your acquisitions librarian might be interested in either of these options. Please ask her or him to contact Eileen Lawrence at Alexander Street Press for subscription information and/or to request a free trial of this resource. We look forward to hearing your reactions to this major addition to Women and Social Movements.
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