Thanks to all of you for helping to build the first part of this intellectual history of early American women. In many ways, this work builds on conversations held at the 2011 USIH conference, and the comments that Ray Haberski kindly gathered and posted here. Now it’s time to crowdsource a bibliography for the second phase, which spans the Victorian period, from 1848 to 1891. For now, I define intellectual history as ideas in action. And so I’m interested in it all: manuscripts, monuments, myths, memorials, biographies, secondary sources, and public history sites that feature/analyze the intellectual and cultural contributions of early American women. Following up on L.D. Burnett’s sage notice of new media’s ability to broaden the realm of traditional academic scholarship, I’m seeking citations for related blogs/posts here, too, in order to form a sound bibliographical foundation. A short list appears below. Paging all historians, librarians, editors, archivists, journalists, and history fans: Please add suggestions in the comments.
19th Century American Women in Intellectual History: Books & Digital Resources
Balkun, Mary McAleer and Susan C. Imbarrato, eds. Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage, eds. Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. (And check out the excellent, 6-day roundtable hosted by our colleagues at the African American Intellectual History Society).
Brekus, Catherine. The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
Capper, Charles. Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999-2007.
Clinton, Catherine. The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Hill and Wang, 1984.
Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber, eds. Battle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Cotera, María Eugenia. Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008.
Cott, Nancy. A Heritage of Her Own: Toward a New Social History of Women. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979.
Cutter, Barbara. Domestic Devils, Battlefield Angels: The Radicalism of American womanhood, 1830-1865. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2003.
Dabakis, Melissa. A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014.
Dabel, Jane E. A Respectable Woman: The Public Roles of African American Women in 19th-Century New York. New York: New York University Press, 2008.
Deese, Helen R., ed., 2 vols. Selected Journals of Caroline Healey Dall. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society and Charlottesville: Distributed by the University of Virginia Press, 2006— .
Degler, Carl. At Odds: Women and the Family from Revolution to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Evans, Stephanie Y. Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.
Faust, Drew Gilpin. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
Foster, Frances Smith. Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.
Fraser, Rebecca J. Gender, Race and Family in Nineteenth Century America: From Northern Woman to Plantation Mistress. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Green, Harvey. The Light of the Home: An Intimate View of the Lives of Women in Victorian America. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983.
Hahner, June E., ed. Women through Women’s Eyes: Latin American Women in Nineteenth-Century Travel Accounts. Wilmington: SR Books, 1998.
Heineman, Helen. Restless Angels: The Friendship of Six Victorian Women: Frances Wright, Camilla Wright, Harriet Garnett, Frances Garnett, Julia Garnett Pertz, Frances Trollope. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1983.
Helsinger, Elizabeth et al., 3 vols. The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883. New York: Garland, 1983.
Juster, Norton. So Sweet to Labor: Rural Women in America 1865-1895. New York: The Viking Press, 1979.
Kerber, Linda K. Toward an Intellectual History of Women: Essays. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Kelley, Mary. Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Kessler-Harris, Alice. Out to Work: A History of Wage Earning Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Knight, Louise W. Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Kugler, Israel. From Ladies to Women: The Organized Struggle for Woman’s Rights in the Reconstruction Era. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.
Leach, William. True Love and Perfect Union: The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society. New York: Basic Books, 1980.
Logan, Shirley Wilson. We are Coming: The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.
Marshall, Megan. The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism. Boston: Houhgton Mifflin, 2005.
McDannell, Colleen. The Christian Home in Victorian America, 1840-1900. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.
Nadell, Pamela S. American Jewish Women’s History: A Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2003.
Peterson, Carla L. Doers of the Word: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880). New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Piepmeier, Alison. Out in Public: Configurations of Women’s Bodies in Nineteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Pugh, David G. Sons of Liberty: The Masculine Mind in Nineteenth-Century America. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983.
Rhodes, Jane. Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.
Roth, Sarah N. Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Royster, Jacqueline Jones. Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.
Ryan, Mary P. Womanhood in America from the Colonial Times to the Present. New York: F. Watts, 1983.
Samuels, Shirley, ed. The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Smith-Rosenberg, Caroll. Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.
Wayne, Tiffany K. Woman Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in Nineteenth-Century America. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005.
Wearn, Mary McCartin. Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014.
Welter, Barbara. Dimity Convictions: The American Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1976.
Willard, Frances E. and Mary A. Livermore, eds. Great American Women of the 19th Century: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Amherst: Humanoty Books, 2005 ed.
Willis, Lucindy A. Voices Unbound: The Lives and Works of Twelve American women Intellectuals. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2003.
19th Century American Women in Intellectual History: Articles & More
Calder, William III and Judith P. Hallet. “Introduction: Six North American Women Classicists.” The Classical World 90 (Nov. 1996-Feb. 1997): 83-96.
Dobrzynski, Judith. H. “The Grand Women Artists of the Hudson River School,” Smithsonian (20 July 2010).
Frank, Priscilla. “The Nineteenth Century American Women Artists You Should Know, But Don’t,” Huffington Post (29 May 2015).
Johns Hopkins University Press, Journal of Women’s History
Kelley, Mary. “A Past for the Present: Notes on the Archives.” Legacy 1 (Fall 1984): 7-8.
National Archives, Women’s History Resources
Northeastern University, The Women Writers Project