The Modern Historiography of Women and Reconstruction

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Women, Gender, and the Boundaries of Reconstruction by Catherine A. Jones in the The Journal of Civil War Era. 8.1 (Mar. 2018): p111 gives an overview of the historiography of woman during the Reconstruction Era. The essay looks at the growth of publications about women during Reconstruction that occured from the 1990s onward. According to Catherine Jones:

Historians of women were largely absent from the renaissance in Reconstruction scholarship of the 1960s and 1970s. Women's exclusion from the post-Civil War expansion of suffrage was a historic loss with historiographical consequences; it helped make Reconstruction, a period largely defined by electoral politics, appear to be inhospitable terrain for U.S. women's historians. Beyond the important work Ellen Carol DuBois and others did in the 1970s to write the history of the era's suffrage movement, there seemed little else to say. In the 1990s, however, an outpouring of research on women, gender, and Reconstruction began to appear.
 
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