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Reshaping Women's HistoryVoices of Nontraditional Women Historians$
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Julie A Gallagher and Barbara Winslow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.001.0001

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Doing Grassroots Public History

Doing Grassroots Public History

(p.153) Doing Grassroots Public History
Reshaping Women's History

Grey Osterud

University of Illinois Press

Grey Osterud completed Putting the Barn before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York, which was supported by the Prelinger Award, twenty years after her first study of gender and generational relationships in a rural community. This chapter reflects on the constraints and opportunities of being a public historian, as well as the dynamic connections between feminist activism and grassroots-oriented research and education programs. It traces Osterud’s trajectory from Boston’s Bread and Roses through living-history museums and labor union workshops to her current vocation as a freelance editor helping authors in African American and women’s history reach wider audiences.

Keywords:   Bread and Roses, socialist feminism, Old Sturbridge Village, living-history museums, public history, gender division of labor, oral history, birth control, Gender & History, African American history, rural women’s studies

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