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February 24, 2004

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the first issue of our online quarterly journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, available at http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm by library subscription. There you will find all the document projects formerly on our SUNY Binghamton site. Exciting new materials will be published quarterly at this location beginning next month.

Our quarterly publication is part of the new partnership between Alexander Street Press and the Center for the Historical Study of Women at SUNY Binghamton. As it becomes an online journal, the website is undergoing a remarkable transformation. About thirty historians are now working on document projects for the site. We will publish three or four new document projects each quarter, as well as book and website reviews and teaching tools. We have also added about 13,000 pages of books, pamphlets and proceedings related to women’s rights and woman suffrage, 1830-1930, and plan to add another 10,000 pages annually on this and other topics. With Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing™ and an authors’ database, the website has become a valuable research tool that you and your students will want to access.

Since about 30,000 visitors come to the site each month, we know that it is widely used in courses. We hope that your library will subscribe soon so that you and your students will continue to have access to the site’s rich resources. For your library’s trial subscription, encourage your librarian to follow the links from http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm.

Our first new quarterly issue (March 2004) will add six innovative projects to the website:

Sara Creed, New York University, "How Did Women Shape the Discourse and Further Interracial Cooperation in the Worldwide Mass Movement to Free the Scottsboro Boys?"
Nancy Hewitt, et al. Rutgers University, "From Wollstonecraft to Mill: What British and European Ideas and Social Movements Influenced the Emergence of Feminism in the Atlantic World, 1792-1869?"
Sherry H. Penney, UMass-Boston, and James D. Livingston, MIT, "How Did Abolitionist Women and Their Slaveholding Relatives Negotiate Their Conflict over the Issue of Slavery?"
Mary H. Blewett, UMass-Lowell, "How Did Gender and Family Divisions among Shoeworkers Shape the 1860 New England Strike?"
Thomas Dublin, SUNY Binghamton, " How Did the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and Chinese Garment Workers Unite to Organize the 1938 National Dollar Stores Strike?"
Kim Nielsen, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, "How Did Women Antifeminists Shape and Limit the Social Reform Movements of the 1920s?”

Other pathbreaking document projects will appear later this year. They focus on:
· women’s petitions against Cherokee removal in the 1830s
· the 1982 Chinatown garment strike,
· women and the Underground Railroad before the Civil War
· the Ten Hour Movement in New England in the 1840s
· the built environment of Hull-House, 1889-1912
· white women reformers on the Southern Ute reservation, 1891-1936
· Belle LaFollette and the struggle over segregation in Washington, D.C. in the 1910s

Professor Victoria Brown of Grinnell College will serve as the site’s book review editor, and Melanie Shell-Weiss of Johns Hopkins University will be organizing website reviews. We have also recruited an able group to edit the Teaching Tools section of the website. They include Joyce Hansen at California State University at San Bernardino, Daisy Martin of Stanford University, and Laura Westhoff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. These new resources will begin appearing quarterly in 2005.

Please consider writing a document project for the website. It is an excellent way to bring your work to the attention of our large audience. If you have an idea for a possible project, please drop us an email note. Or consult our guide how to submit a proposal, available online. We'd be pleased to work with you in developing your ideas.

If you'd like to learn more about the website or talk with us about a prospective project, you can find us at the upcoming annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Boston, March 25-28. If you plan to attend, please join us for lunch on Saturday, March 27, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Salon J/K, Marriott Copley Place. Alexander Street Press is hosting this event to celebrate our joint publication of the site. We’ll discuss the new site and answer any questions you might have. If you are able to join us for lunch, please RSVP by March 19 to Sklar@binghamton.edu so we may reserve a seat for you.

If you can’t come to lunch, please stop by the Alexander Street Press booth (#114) any time during the meeting. On Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. the press will host a wine and cheese reception at the booth.

Thanks for your continuing interest in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. As you look over the new website, please share your reactions with us and let us know any ideas you may have about how we can better serve your needs and interests.

Best wishes,

Kitty Sklar

Tom Dublin

Melissa Doak

 

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