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Her Story Textbooks chronicle historic facts and often focus on well-known women. Diaries, journals, memoirs, reminiscences, letters, speeches and interviews can offer a glimpse into the private lives, thoughts, hopes, and goals of lesser-known women providing a snapshot of life at the time.

This presentation features documents representing 9 historical eras. Each chapter provides a brief background of the writer, a sampling of the document, as well as links to the full document and to related items. Additional Resources provides links to more women's diaries and letters in the Library of Congress.

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A Puritan Maiden's Diary, 1675A Letter from Phillis Wheatley, 1774 Mary Dewees's Journal, 1788-1789 Diary Poem by Abiah Marchant, 1849 Kate Dunlap's dairy, 1864-1865 Mary Farnsworth's reminiscences, 1875-1904 Did you know? by Carrie Chapman Catt, 1918 Interviews with Marianna Costa, 1930's A letter from Daisy Bates to Roy Wilkins, 1957
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