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I am trying to research dominant American views of women in the 1850s and the 1920s. Can you suggest some sources for comparison? Are there any publications addressing this subject? I wanted to focus on political, or women's roles and contrast in fashion. Any help would be greatly appreciated!




Dear Debbie,

In the 1850s many women were focused on the abolitionist and the suffragist movement--therefore, they were focused both on getting black Americans the right to citizenship, putting an end to slavery, and on getting all American women the right to vote.

The 1920s saw many of these same issues come to fruition and women began to enjoy some of these freedoms that they had been working so hard for. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, which gave women the right to vote and many accused white women of abandoning black women at the last minute in this amendment. Therefore, race relations were again a priority issue--albeit in a different way.

To learn more about both of these times, I suggest that you contact the National Women's History Project, which has lots of information on these time periods.

Good luck.



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