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Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America (Free Press)

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The most concise and comprehensive one-volume history of American women--from the indigenous women of the 16th-century wilderness to the dual-role career women and mothers of contemporary times--this book brings American womanhood to center stage, exploring the lives of pioneers and slaves, immigrants and factory workers, executives and homemakers. of photos.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 22nd 1997 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 1st 1989)
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Evans sets out with the ambitious aim to cover the breadth of women's history in the United States and generally succeeds.

I am by no means an expert on women's studies, so I consider myself part of the intended audience for this book. As such, I have to say that I learned a lot (especially about women in the earliest years of our country) and also benefited from being able to put important events in women's history in chronological order and understand better how previous movements helped to bui...more
Jennifer Donahue
A concise overview of the history of women in America that is easy to read and well documented. Evans touches nicely upon the major aspects and concerns facing women stretching from the 16th century to the late 1990's. I learned a fair amount, but found the perspective presented somewhat biased and lacking objectivity in presenting all sides of the story of women in America.

Men are pretty well stereotyped during the discussion of suffrage, and the anti-suffrage movement does not reference many...more
I'm interested in this book's topic, a history of women and women's rights in America. But while it's a good idea and I did learn a lot, the book is really poorly executed. It's not very well organized and the writing is awful. Here's an example of the verbose, vague, slightly confusing kind of writing used throughout: "Yet the blandness of the firties' domestic ideology and cold war conformity masked new signs of discontent and change. Although most women expereince problems as individuals, col...more
A decent introductory work to women's social and political history in the U.S. Was considering using it for a session on the early women's rights movement for a study group I'm helping to lead, but decided to go with other texts that were richer in detail.
This was a goodie, but seemed to lose steam once it reached the 50's (or maybe I became less interested). I really enjoyed the older histories and personal accounts.
Great book. Loved reading America's history through women. If you enjoy history, you should really pick this up. Talk about a whole new perspective!
Mar 19, 2008 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in US women's history
Shelves: history
I originally read the older edition, and have assigned the new edition as a text for a class. This is a well written overview to U.S. women's history.
Kathy Nadeau
A powerful read.This book is a varied and expansive view of the profound role women have played in the history of creating America.
I read this book as a graduate student so very long ago. It opened my eyes to a new way of looking at history.
Denice Fraser
It's a bit dry, but FULL of great stuff. I read this in a Women's History class and am standing up a bit taller now!
Jim Swike
A great read about Women's history in this country.
Dec 30, 2007 Julie added it
Still have this book from my college fem. class.
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Very helpful for my course.
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Sara M. Evans is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Minnesota where she taught women's history since 1976. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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