American Women's History: A Timeline
1800-1819
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1802
James Callender accuses Thomas Jefferson of having sexual relations with Sally Hemings in the Richmond Recorder newspaper.
See the Booknotes Interview with Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings: An American Controversy.

Jefferson's Blood: Thomas Jefferson, His Slave & Mistress Sally Hemings, Their Descendents, and the Mysterious Power of Race [online]. [Boston, Mass.]: WGBH/Boston, 2000.
This companion site to the PBS Frontline series includes Interiews with Joseph Ellis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Lucia Cinder Stanton, and Dr. Eugene Foster.

1803
The Newark Female Charitable Society is organized.
Hannah Kinney's Records of the Newark Female Charitable Society, 1803-1804

1804
Sacagawea begins serving as a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Search the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online for passages that mention Sacagawea.

1814
Letter From Dolley Payne Madison to Anna Cutts, 23 August 1814. Dolley Madison Project

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.

The Samuel & Sarah Wait Collection includes Sarah Wait's journals from 1815 to 1817 and correspondence from 1821 to 1831.

1816
Abuse and Independence, part of the Library of Virginia's Working Out Her Destiny exhibit, reproduces the 1816 petition of Ann Pierce Parker Cowper for divorce from William Cowper.

1819
Rebecca Gratz helps establish the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society.
The Women of Valor exhibit from the Jewish Women's Archive provides a wealth of information about the Gratz, including her role in establishing the Society.




American Women's History: A Timeline

Ken Middleton
kmiddlet@mtsu.edu
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132