|American Women Through Time|
Go to: II. RESEARCH SOURCES (Historical Overviews, Primary Sources, and Secondary Sources)
1802 James Callender writes in the Richmond Recorder that Thomas
Jefferson "keeps, and for many years past has kept, as his concubine, one
of his own slaves. Her name is SALLY."
Blood: Thomas Jefferson, His Slave & Mistress Sally Hemings, Their
Descendents, and the Mysterious Power
of Race [online]. [Boston, Mass.]: WGBH/Boston, 2000.
1803 The Newark Female Charitable Society is organized.
1809 Elizabeth Ann Seton begins the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg,
1813 Ann Hasseltine Judson begins missionary work with her
husband, Adoniram Judson, in Burma.
1813 Mary Pickersgill is
commissioned to produce two large flags for Fort McHenry. The larger flag,
the Star-Spangled Banner, measures 30 feet by 42 feet.
Pennsylvania v. Addicks introduces the concept of "the best interests of
the child" in custody cases.
From Dolley Payne Madison to Anna Cutts, 23 August 1814 (Dolley
1815 Family or Freedom, part of the Library of Virginia's Working Out Her Destiny exhibit, uses two petitions from 1815 to illustrate the effects of an 1806 law that required freed slaves to leave the state within one year.
Rebecca Gratz helps establish the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.
Peterson, Kelsy. The Glory
of Woman: Prescriptive Literature in the
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
[online]. Durham, NC: Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and
Culture, Duke University, 2003 [cited 21 November 2005]. Available
Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection
[online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001
[cited 10 December 2001]. Available
America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
Lansing: Michigan State University
Library and Michigan State University Museum, 2001- [cited 25 February
2002]. Available from: http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/.
The site provides background information about each cookbook, digital
images of the pages of each cookbook, and an impressive collection of
museum objects. Researchers can Browse
the Collection by Date. Includes several titles from 1803-1808.
Diaries & Letters
Many academic libraries offer access to the commercial digital collection, North American Women's Letters & Diaries. This collection offers numerous search options, including the ability to search by "year written." See a brief tutorial on searching this collection by time period.
Gratz, Rebecca. Letters of Rebecca Gratz. Edited by David Philipson. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1929. Also available online: http://apps.libraries.psu.edu/digitalbookshelf/bookindex.cfm?oclc=28780128.
Martha Ballard's Diary
Samuel & Sarah Wait Collection [Wake Forest University Library] includes Sarah [Sally] Wait's journal from 1815 to 1817.
To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811.
by Lucia McMahon and Deborah Schriver. Philadelphia: University of
Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
in 1809 -- A Pen Picture. Diary of Sarah Ridg [Library of Congress]
Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876 [Database
Online]. Chester, Vt.: Readex, 2004- .
The database America: History & Life offers a simple option
for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time
period. If you are searching for articles that cover 1800 to 1820,
enter 1800d or 1810d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen.
See America: History & Life: Searching by Time
Period for an example using another time period.
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