Women's Lives: Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: J. Newby
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781848843684
Other: b&w photos, sketches, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Women’s lives have traditionally gone unrecorded in history. But housewives, factory girls and servants all had their own distinctive voices, and, if you know where to look, there are plenty of sources to explore.

Jennifer Newby’s guide to women's social history between 1800 and 1939 includes essential starting points for research. A useful handbook for family historians, as well as an engaging read for social history lovers, each chapter focuses on a different group, with suggestions for further reading and a helpful timeline.

Compare the lives of factory workers, middle-class women, domestic servants, criminals, aristocrats and agricultural labourers. Hear the voices of obscure women alongside those of celebrities – from rebellious servant Hannah Cullwick to daring aristocrat, Lady Colin Campbell, prostitute Ellen Reece, and bored middle-class daughter, Katherine Chorley.

An English published book, if you want to trace British female ancestors or simply discover more about how women lived in the past in England, then this book is ideal to help you get started with your own research.

Introduction: Researching Women's History
- General Sources for Researching Women
1. Women in Domestic Service
- Why Were Women in Service?
- How Did Women Enter Domestic Service?
- What Did They Do?
- How Did They Live?
- Researching Domestic Servants
2. Women on the Land
- Why Did Women Work in Agriculture?
- What Did They Do?
- How Did They Live?
- Land Girls and Beyond
- Researching Female Farm Labourers
3. Women in Factories
- Why Did Women Work in Factories?
- What Did They Do?
- How Did They Live?
- Wartime Industries and Women Workers
- Researching Female Farm Workers
4. Middle-Class Women
- Who Was 'Middle-Class'?
- What Did They Do?
- How Did They Live
- Researching Middle Middle-Class Women
5. Aristocratic Women
- Who Was an Aristocrat?
- What Did They Do and How Did They Live?
- Changing Fortunes
- Researching Female Aristocrat
6. Criminal Women
- Where Were They Concentrated?
- What Were Their Crimes?
- What Punishments Were They Given?
- Reforming 'Darkest England'
- Researching Female Criminals
A Short Time of Key Event in Women's Social History

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