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I am an undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, and I am interested in researching 19th century feminism in America. I must use primary sources no later than 1905; more recent writings are out. I would be grateful if you could direct me to feminist lectures, articles, and books available on the Web that were published around the turn of the century. If you know of any resources--especially the writings of Victoria Woodhull--please let me know. Yours Truly, Chris

Thanks for your note and good luck in advance with your research. Since you need primary sources, I would start with Miriam Schneir's: Feminism: The Essential Historial Writings, which are articles, speeches, etc...from the late 19th and early 20th century.

Other secondary sources are:

  • A History of Our Own by Bonnie Anderson and Judith Zinser.
  • One Woman, One Vote edited by Marjorie Sprull Wheeler.
  • Born of Liberty by Sara Evans.
These books will point you to primary sources. (Most of the above titles you can order through the Feminist.com Bookstore).

There is also a new book out about Victoria Woodhull--The Woman Who Ran for President : The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull by Lois Beachy Underhill (Paperback / Published 1996). This will undoubtably lead you to primary sources. A year ago, the New York Historical Museum also held an exhibit about Victoria Woodhull in connection with the publication of this book. I hope these help.


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