U.S. Women and Religion Bibliography


The following (finally!) is a bibliography of the suggestions I received when considering teaching a class on Women and Religion in the United States. Not all of them are specifically about women, or about religion, or even history, but might fit well into a syllabus or for background reading. Thank you everyone for your great suggestions!

William L. Andrews, Sisters of the Spirit (1986)

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1986)

Margaret Bacon Mothers of Feminism (1986)

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher and Lavina Fielding Anderson, eds., Sisters in Spirit: Mormon Women in Historical and Cultural Perspective (University of Illinois, 1987)

Catherine Breckus, "Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches: Female Preaching and Evangelical Religion in America, 1740-1845" (1993 Yale diss.)

Ann Braude, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (Boston,1989)

Ann Braude Syllabus in Women's History: Collected Syllabi and Reading Lists (New York)

Elisabeth Brown and Susan Stuard, eds., Witnesses for Change: Quaker Women over Three Centuries (New Brunswick, 1989)

Betty deBerg Ungodly Women: Gender and the First Wave of American Fundamentalism (Minneapolis, 1990)

Sarah Deutsch, No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, and Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier, 1880-1940 (New York, 1987)

Mary S. Donovan, A Different Call: Women's Ministries in the Episcopal Church, 1850-1920 (Wilton, CT, 1986)

Mary Frederickson, "Each One is Dependent on the Other" and Marion Roydhouse, "Bridging Chasms: Community and the Southern YWCA" in Nancy A. Hewitt and Suzanne Lebsock, eds., Visible Women: New Essays on American Activism (Urbana, Ill., 1983)

Melton J. Gordon, Encyclopedia of American Religion (1987)

Nancy Hardesty, Women Called to Witness: Evangelical Feminism in the 19th Century (1984)

Janette Hassey, No Time for Silence: Evangelical Women in Public Ministry Around the Turn of the Century (1986)

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920 (Harvard Univ.Press, 1993)

Patricia Hill, The World Their Household: The American Woman's Foreign Mission Movement and Cultural Transformation, 1870-1920 (Ann Arbor, 1985)

Jane Hunter, The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China (New Haven, 1984)

Sylvia Jacobs, "Afro American Women Missionaries Confront the African Way of Life" in Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Sharon Harley, Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (Washington, 1987)

Janet Wilson James ed., Women in American Religion

Carol F. Karlsen, Devil in the Shape of Woman (New York, 1987)

James J. Kenneally, The History of American Catholic Women (New York: Crossroad, 1990)

Karen Kennelly, ed., American Catholic Women: A Historical Exploration (New York: Macmillan, 1989)

Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Feminist Consciousness

Jan Lewis, The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia (1983)

Susan Lynn, Progressive Women in Conservative Times: Racial Justice, Peace, And Feminism, 1945 to the 1960s (New Brunswick, 1992)

Beverly Thomas McCloud, "African American Muslim Women" and Marcia K. Hermansen, "Two-Way Acculturation: Muslim Women in America Between Liminality and Community Affiliation" both in Yvonne Haddad, ed., The Muslims of America (New York: Oxford, 1991)

John Patrick McDowell, The Social Gospel in the South: The Woman's Home Mission Movement in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the South, 1886-1939 (Baton Rouge, 1982)

Kay Mills, This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (New York, 1993)

Ronald L. Numbers Prophetess of Health: Ellen G. White and the Origins of Seventh-Day Adventist Health Reform, (2nd ed. Nashville: Univ. of Tenn. Press, 1992)

Peggy Pascoe, Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West (New York, 1990)

Marjorie Procter-Smith, Women and the Shaker Communities in the United States (1985)

Rosemary Radford Reuther and Rosemary Keller, eds., Women and Religion in America, (Harper and Row, 1981-86, three volumes)

Ann Taves Household of Faith: Roman Catholic Devotions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America (Notre Dame, 1986)

Ruth Tucker and Walter Liefeld, Daughters of the Church: Women and Ministry from New Testament Times to the Present (Grand Rapids, Michigan,1987)

Laura Thatcher Ulrich, Good Wives (New York, 1982)

Mary Jo Weaver, New Catholic Women: A Contemporary Challenge to Traditional Religious Authority (New York: Harper & Row, 1985)

Frances Willard, Women in the Pulpit


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