We offered up some suggestions for female-authored works of history in our “Books for Dad” post yesterday. Who knew you didn’t need to look like this to do history?
You responded in the comments, on Twitter, and on Facebook, with a pile of additional suggestions. Here they are in no particular order.
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (Get this for the Teddy Roosevelt fan in your life!)
Kathleen Sprows Cumming, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era
Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 and A Consumer’s Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Margot Canaday, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America
Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
Patricia Cline Cohen, The Murder of Helen Jewett
Jane Kamensky, The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin and The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Mia Bay, To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells
Theresa Kaminski, Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II
Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision
Elizabeth Varon, Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859
Jeanne Boydston, Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Joanne Freeman, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic
Holly Tucker, City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862
Judith Giesberg, Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality
Kathleen Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
Tobie Meyer-Fong, What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China
Julie Greene, The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal
Glenda Gilmore, Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950
Amy Greenberg, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico, Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City, and Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire
And two more from David, with descriptions:
Kathryn Gin Lum, Damned Nation: Hell in America From the Revolution to Reconstruction
This is a really engaging study of the idea of hell, and of the social, political, and religious implications of dividing people into categories of “saved” and “damned.” This framework provides the basis for new discussions of abolition and the Civil War.
Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life
An engaging, informative read that examines the relationship of celebrity and politics in the modern U.S. It’s a very relevant book.