Women's Letters

Women's Letters

America From the Revolutionary War to the Present

Book - 2005
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Random House, Inc.
Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women’s singular correspondences—often their only form of public expression. In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British; First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington’s portrait during the War of 1812; one week after JFK’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy pens a heartfelt letter to Nikita Khrushchev; and on September 12, 2001, a schoolgirl writes a note of thanks to a
New York City firefighter, asking him, “Were you afraid?”

The letters gathered here also offer fresh insight into the personal milestones in women’s lives. Here is a mid-nineteenth-century missionary describing a mastectomy performed without anesthesia; Marilyn Monroe asking her doctor to spare her ovaries in a handwritten note she taped to her stomach before appendix surgery; an eighteen-year-old telling her mother about her decision to have an abortion the year after Roe v. Wade; and a woman writing to her parents and in-laws about adopting a Chinese baby.

With more than 400 letters and over 100 stunning photographs, Women’s Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a remarkable testament to the women who lived–and made–history.

Baker & Taylor
A survey of American history collects more than four hundred letters, arranged chronologically by era, that document the experiences of women representing all walks of life from the eighteenth century to the present.

Blackwell North Amer
Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women's correspondences - often their only form of public expression. In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British; First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington's portrait during the War of 1812; one week after JFK's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy pens a heartfelt letter to Nikita Khrushchev; and on September 12, 2001, a schoolgirl writes a note of thanks to a New York City firefighter, asking him, "Were you afraid?"
The letters gathered here also offer fresh insight into the personal milestones in women's lives. Here is a mid-nineteenth-century missionary describing a mastectomy performed without anesthesia; Marilyn Monroe asking her doctor to spare her ovaries in a handwritten note she taped to her stomach before appendix surgery; an eighteen-year-old telling her mother about her decision to have an abortion the year after Roe v. Wade; and a woman writing to her parents and in-laws about adopting a Chinese baby.
With more than 400 letters and over 100 photographs, Women's Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a testament to the women who lived - and made - history.

Baker
& Taylor

A unique survey of American history from the female point of view brings together a collection of more than four hundred letters, complemented by more than one hundred period drawings and photographs and arranged chronologically by era, that document the experiences of women representing all walks of life from eighteenth century to the present. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780385335539
0385335539
Characteristics: 824 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grunwald, Lisa
Adler, Stephen J.

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