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Gertrude Bell standing in a mosque's decorated arch

Gertrude Bell Project

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In the teaching of world history, this site lends itself to exploring both the themes of women travelers and their writing, as well as the timely topic of European intervention in the Middle East, in particular Iraq.
Detail of the Gifts of Speech homepage logo reading "Gifts of Speech"

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World

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This site offers an archive of speeches by “influential, contemporary women.” Almost all of the speeches in the collection come directly from the authors themselves or from the organizations representing them and have not been published elsewhere.

Guadeloupean Household Workers at Ellis Island

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This is a photograph of household workers from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe just after their arrival in New York in 1911.

Gulag Women

Gulag Women

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Gulag women living in overcrowded, poorly heated barracks.

Guyomar, "The Partisan of Political Equality between Individuals" (April 1793)

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Pierre Guyomar wrote the pamphlet excerpted here during the war–torn and hungry spring of 1793, at the height of popular political mobilization that restated arguments made by Condorcet three years earlier. A political moderate, Guyomar supported equal political rights for women and compares the question of women’s rights to that of the rights of black slaves.

Historical Essays on the Life of Marie–Antoinette, of Austria (1783)

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Although by law, political power could not pass through the Queen’s body (only male heirs could succeed to the throne in France), there was great political interest in the body of Louis XVI’s Queen, Marie Antoinette, a Habsburg princess whose marriage into the Bourbon household solidified a diplomatic alliance between France and Austria. From nearly the moment she arrived at Versailles in 1770... Read More »

Hobby Horse

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This oil on canvas painting by an unknown American folk artist was painted around 1840. It depicts two siblings at play. While their mother is absent from the picture, she presided over the "private sphere" of the home as prescribed by the ideology of "separate spheres" that defined everyday life in 19th-century America. Charged with raising boys to be citizens (and girls to be wives and... Read More »

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Holocaust Girls/Closet

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This short story by fiction writer, S.L. Wisenberg, sheds light on the influence of Anne Frank on the imagination and identity of Jewish girls growing up in postwar America. Written from a child's point of view and in the language of children, Wisenberg describes a fantasy game she played with her sister after reading the diary, seeing the popular movie on television, and viewing documentary... Read More »

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Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH)

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Materials are arranged into 11 broadly-defined topics; each is introduced with a short essay, an image, and a substantial bibliography of influential texts on that topic, in PDF format. The history of home economics is a relatively young discipline, so these bibliographies provide an especially valuable service.
Homeless and Poor People in Moscow

Homeless and Poor People in Moscow

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After years of brutal repression, Russians had great expectations for prosperity. Political and economic reforms could not quickly address the serious long-term structural problems of the Soviet system. In the 1990s, Russia was exposed as an unstable, weak, and vulnerable nation. Widespread political corruption, the outright theft of public assets, and rapid erosion in the standard of living... Read More »

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