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Women and War: V4

American Women and War, 1852-1945, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa Payne Ossian


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This is an seven-volume collection of primary texts, each selected and introduced by experts, reproducing in facsimile a wealth of materials related to the history of women and warfare in the English-speaking world. The editors are historians and literary scholars with a wealth of publications in women’s writing and war literature. The project focuses, for most of its historical range, on England (and Britain); it also includes volumes on the United States, Australia, and Canada. The collection documents women’s historical and literary participation in, and commentary on, war. It represents the first attempt to examine the variety of roles women have played in war, and as critics and commentators on war, across all of history into the twentieth century. The project makes a unique and powerful claim about the long history of women’s involvement in war in the English-speaking world

Table of Contents

Volume IV: American Women and War: A Near Century of Violent Conflict, 1852-1945

Edited by Lisa Payne Ossian




Part 1. The Prewar Abolition Movement, 1852-1860

1. Harriet Beecher Stowe, ‘In Which the Reader is Introduced to a Man of Humanity’ and ‘The Mother’, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life among the Lowly (New York: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852), pp. 5-18.

2. Harriet Beecher Stowe, ‘The Slave’s Argument’, in Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1856), pp. 457-459.

3. Harriet Jacobs, ‘Preface’ and ‘The Trials of Girlhood’, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (New York: Thayer & Eldridge, 1861), pp. 1-2, 27-30.

Part 2. Civil War: War Between the States, 1861-1865

2.1 Northern Novels & Memoirs

4. Louisa May Alcott, ‘Playing Pilgrims’, in Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (Boston:

Roberts Brothers, 1869), pp. 1-9.

5. Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, ‘Preface’, in My Story of the War (Williamstown, Massachusetts: A. D. Worthington, 1887), pp. 7-12.

2.2 Confederate Girls’ Diaries

6. Eliza Frances Andrews, extract from The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1908), pp. 1-18.

7. Kate Virginia Cox Logan, ‘I Meet General Logan’, in My Confederate Girlhood: The

Memoirs of Kate Virginia Cox Loga, (New York: Arno Press, 1932), pp. 50-67.

2.3 African American Narratives

8. Elizabeth Keckley, ‘The Assassination of President Lincoln’, in Behind the Scenes, in the

Lincoln White House, Memoirs of an African American Seamstress, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (New York: Arno Press, 1868), pp. 174-200.

9. Susie King Taylor, ‘Camp Saxton--Proclamation and Barbeque’ and ‘Military Expeditions and Life in Camp’, in Reminiscences of my Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers (Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 2006 [1902]), pp. 18-30.

2.4 Confederate Women’s Journals

10. Mrs. Burton Harrison, ‘Dark Days were in Store for Richmond’, in Recollections Grave and

Gay (New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1911), pp. 137-153.

11. Julia LeGrand, ‘The Journal’, in The Journal of Julia LeGrand, New Orleans, 1862-63

(Richmond, Virginia: Everett Waddey Co., 1911), pp. 35-47.

12. Boykin Chesnut, ‘A World Kicked to Pieces--Memoirs’, in A Diary from Dixie: A Woman’s Journal of the Civil War (New York: Peter Smith, 1905), pp. 425-430.

2.5 War Nurses’ Accounts

13. Louisa May Alcott, ‘A Day’, in Hospital Sketches (Boston: J. Redpath, 1863), pp. 54-75.

14. Linus Pierpont Brockett, M.D. and Mary C. Vaughan, ‘Introductory Chapter’, in Woman’s

Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience (Philadelphia: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., 1867), pp. 65-70.

15. Mrs. C. E. McKay, ‘Gettysburg’, in Stories of Hospital and Camp (Philadelphia: Claxton,

Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1876), pp. 50-56.

2.6 Female Soldier & Spy Tales

16. Sara Emma Edmonds, ‘I Recall Those Thrilling Scenes’, in Memoirs of a Soldier, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army, (Hartford, Connecticut: Williams, 1865), pp. 222-228.

17. Rose O’Neal Greenhow, ‘Spy and Counterspy’, in My Imprisonment and the First Year of

Abolition Rule at Washington (London: R. Bentley, 1863), pp. 92-100.

18. Sarah A. Palmer, ‘The Story of the Ninth Corp Hospital Matron’, in The Story of Aunt

Becky’s Army-Life, (New York: New York Print Company, 1871), pp. 1-11.

19. Loreta Janeta Velazquez, ‘Assuming Male Attire’, in The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of

the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Valezquez, otherwise known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army (Richmond, Virginia: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876), pp. 52-60.

Part 3. The Spanish American War: War of Colonization, 1898

20. Clara Barton, ‘The Women Who Went to Field’ and ‘Cuba and the Cuban Campaign’, in The Red Cross in Peace and War (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Press, 1899), pp. 509-527.

21. Susie King Taylor, ‘The Women’s Relief Corps’ and ‘Thoughts on Present Conditions’, in

Reminiscences of my Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, late 1st S.C. Volunteers (Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, 2006 [1902]), pp. 59-68.


Part 4. The Great War: War of Global Ramifications, 1917-1918

4.1 Essays, Speeches & Reports

22. Harriet Stanton Blatch, ‘Winning the War’, in Mobilizing Woman-Power (New York: Woman’s Press, 1918), pp. 22-35.

23. Helen Fraser, ‘What the War Has Done for Women’, in Women and War Work (New York: G. A Shaw, 1918), pp. 259-284.

4.2 Wartime Suffragist Perspectives

24. Doris Stevens, ‘The Suffrage War Policy’, in Jailed for Freedom (New York: Boni & Liveright, 1920), pp. 80-90.

Part 5. The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

25. Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy, From a Hospital in Spain: American Nurses

Write (New York: Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy, 1937), pp. 4-29.

26. Martha Gellhorn, ‘The War in Spain’ and ‘The Beseiged City’, in The Face of War (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959), pp. 9-25.


Part 6. The Second World War, 1941-1945

6.1 Home Front Work Accounts

27. Helen Baker, 'Selection & Placement', in Women in War Industries, Research Report No. 66 (Princeton, 1942), pp. 10-18.

28. Laura Nelson Baker, 'Women in War Industries', in Wanted: Women in

War Industry (New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1943), pp. 23-32.

29. Elizabeth Hawes, ‘Womenworkers’ ‘The Common Woman’ and ‘Wenches’, in Wenches with Wrenches. Or, Why Women Cry (New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943), pp. 38-50.

6.2 Combat Narratives

30. Charity Adams Earley, extract from One Woman's Army: A Black Officer Remembers the WAC (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989), pp. 22-41.

31. Theresa Archard, ‘I Join the Army’, in G.I. Nightingale: The Story of an American Army

Nurse (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1945), pp. 9-14.

6.3 European Warzone Memoirs

32. Mary Berg, 'Warsaw Beseiged', in Warsaw Ghetto: A Diary by Mary Berg (New York: L. B. Fischer, 1945), pp. 11-37.

33. Martha Gellhorn, ‘Dachau’, in The Face of War (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959), pp. 234-242.

About the Editor

Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian is a history professor at Des Moines Area Community College in central Iowa.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies