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Mysteries of sex : tracing women and men through American history / Mary P. Ryan.

By: Ryan, Mary P.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2009], c2006Description: 1 online resource.ISBN: 0807876682 (electronic bk.); 9780807876688 (electronic bk.); 9781469606057 (electronic bk.); 1469606054 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Sex role -- United States -- History | Women -- United States -- History | Men -- United States -- History | Feminism -- United States -- History | United States -- History | United States -- Social conditionsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Pt. I. Making sex in America : 1500-1900 -- 1. Where have the corn mothers gone? : Americans encounter the Europeans -- The coordinates of gender : asymmetry, the relations of the sexes, and hierarchy -- The sexual frontier -- Warriors and farmers on the gender frontier -- 2. Who baked that apple pie and when? : how domesticity conquered American culture -- The prehistory of feminine domesticity : 1620-1692 -- Between patriarchy and domesticity : 1750-1840 -- Homemaking in antebellum and Victorian America -- 3. How did race get colored? : gender and sexuality in the American South -- How slavery became colored African American -- The gendering of slave society -- Civil war and the reconstruction of race and gender -- The sexual politics of Jim Crow -- pt. II. Dividing the public realm -- 4. What is the sex of citizenship? : engendering the American political tradition from the Revolution to the New Deal -- When citizenship was male : 1776-1865 -- The mother as citizen : segregated and secondary -- The woman citizen goes to Washington -- Second-class citizenship : male and female -- pt. III. Women remake gender in the twentieth century -- 5. How do you get from home to work to equity? : 1900-1960 -- Who made the woman worker? : an overview -- The new woman goes to work : 1890-1940 -- A private detour through the 1920s -- The next generation combines work and family : the 1940s and 1950s -- The mystery of the feminine mystique -- 6. Where does sex divide? : feminism, sexuality, and the structures of gender since 1960 -- The second wave of feminism : 1960-1970 -- Sexual revolution and gay rights -- Restructuring gender differences : 1980-2000 -- 7. Where in the world is the border between male and female? : immigration and generation in the twentieth century -- The generations of gender -- New immigrants meet postmodernity : 1965-2000 -- Joining together to remake male, female, and America.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [361]-408) and index.

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Pt. I. Making sex in America : 1500-1900 -- 1. Where have the corn mothers gone? : Americans encounter the Europeans -- The coordinates of gender : asymmetry, the relations of the sexes, and hierarchy -- The sexual frontier -- Warriors and farmers on the gender frontier -- 2. Who baked that apple pie and when? : how domesticity conquered American culture -- The prehistory of feminine domesticity : 1620-1692 -- Between patriarchy and domesticity : 1750-1840 -- Homemaking in antebellum and Victorian America -- 3. How did race get colored? : gender and sexuality in the American South -- How slavery became colored African American -- The gendering of slave society -- Civil war and the reconstruction of race and gender -- The sexual politics of Jim Crow -- pt. II. Dividing the public realm -- 4. What is the sex of citizenship? : engendering the American political tradition from the Revolution to the New Deal -- When citizenship was male : 1776-1865 -- The mother as citizen : segregated and secondary -- The woman citizen goes to Washington -- Second-class citizenship : male and female -- pt. III. Women remake gender in the twentieth century -- 5. How do you get from home to work to equity? : 1900-1960 -- Who made the woman worker? : an overview -- The new woman goes to work : 1890-1940 -- A private detour through the 1920s -- The next generation combines work and family : the 1940s and 1950s -- The mystery of the feminine mystique -- 6. Where does sex divide? : feminism, sexuality, and the structures of gender since 1960 -- The second wave of feminism : 1960-1970 -- Sexual revolution and gay rights -- Restructuring gender differences : 1980-2000 -- 7. Where in the world is the border between male and female? : immigration and generation in the twentieth century -- The generations of gender -- New immigrants meet postmodernity : 1965-2000 -- Joining together to remake male, female, and America.

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CHOICE Review

Ryan's new book takes an unusual approach to history. Instead of following a strictly chronological methodology, it employs broad themes to highlight particular aspects of US women's experiences from pre-Columbian Native American societies to the present. The author's interest is in how gender norms are created and maintained in an ever-shifting sociopolitical landscape. In search of enlightenment, she poses and answers questions about broad issues such as the creation of domesticity in the 19th century, the evolution of modern politics, and the status of women workers. The advantages of this technique are considerable. Ryan (Johns Hopkins Univ.) can explore the interactions between sex, race, class, and ethnicity seamlessly without dividing her chapters into subsections and creating the impression that these aspects of women's identity are somehow discrete. It lifts her book from a conventional rehashing of well-known facts to an original interpretation of the complexities of gender in private and public life. The only real disadvantage is accessibility. Readers unfamiliar with the narrative of women's history in the US are unlikely to glean it from this work. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. A. Standish University of Maryland University College

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