American Women's History: A Timeline
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From Canterbury to Little Rock: The Struggle for Educational Equality for African Americans [Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans, National Park Service]

Angelina Grimke's Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836) is available as part of the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection [Cornell University Llibrary].

Whitman Mission
The Letters and Journals of Narcissa Whitman 1836-1847 [New Perspectives on the West, PBS]

See Whitman Mission National Historic Site includes information about the role of Narcissa and Marcus Whitman in establishing the Oregon Trail, as well as the conflicts that developed between the Cayuse people and the Whitmans.

1837 Godey's Lady's Book begins under editor Sarah Buell Hale.

Hannah Valentine and Lethe Jackson Slave Letters, 1837-1838 [Special Collections Library at Duke University]

Mary Lyon (1797-1849) founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in Massachusetts. See the Mary Lyon Collection, part of the Five College Archives Digital Access Project.

Oberlin College becomes the first coeducational collegiate institution in the United States.
Ohio Memory includes Oberlin student Betsy Mix Cowles' letters from the 1830s.

Fanny Kemble [Women Working, 1870-1930]
Includes an overview of Kemble's life, as well as links to digital editions of Kemble's Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 and other publications.

Dubois, Ellen. The 150th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls: A Talk with Ellen Dubois [online]. Talking History, 13 July 1998. Available from:

Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive the M.D. degree. See Elizabeth Blackwell: That Girl There Is Doctor in Medicine, an online exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, for Blackwell's class notes, her brother's account of the graduation, and additional sources that document her career.

The Female Medical College of Pennsylvania opens.


Hedrick, Joan. Uncle Tom's Cabin [Interview online]. Talking History, 25 February 2002. Available from:
Hedrick won the Pulitzer Prize for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Scholars in Action: Analyze Abolitionist Speeches [online]. In History Matters. Fairfax, VA: Center for History and New Media; New York : American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 1998- [cited 24 March 2005]. Available from:
Historian Carla Peterson interprets speeches by Sojourner Truth (1852) and Frances Watkins Harper (1857).

American Women's History: A Timeline

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132