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Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 – HSSE Featured Database

March 24th, 2022

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 database, brought to you by Alexander Street.


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Focus:  This database documents the multiplicity of American women’s reform activities from the colonial period into the 20th century.  The collection currently includes more 100 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by over 2,000 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 database.

Why you should know this database:   It features primary document projects that cover a broad range of topics.  These include books, pamphlets, and related materials to provide scholars with in-depth access to the published histories and records of women’s reform organizations throughout the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  There is also an extensive Dictionary of Social Movements, and a Chronology of Women’s History. 

Quick tip:  If you look to the top left above the once you have opened an article, you will see a button called cite.  If you click on this, it will bring you into another page.  Over to the left, you can select the format that you need.  Once you have selected a format, the citation will appear.  Always double check citations.  Occasionally, there may be errors.

Related Resources:

Other databases you might want to explore are:

Women’s Studies Archive:

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies: