This rich collection of original materials provides a lens through which to view women's liberation, the most influential social movement in the history of the United States.
Middle-aged feminists will greet with delight this wide-ranging compilation of original documents from 1968 to 1977, the days of "maximum grassroots participation in the women's movement." Two distinguished historians have gathered these articles, leaflets, position papers, drawings, and cartoons to record the thinking of myriad feminist groups overlooked by historians because of the difficulty in locating documents often written collectively or anonymously and circulated by samizdat. (Originals are now in the New York University library, available to the public.) The authors introduce the collection with an essay placing the movement in historical perspective, and each entry has its own brief introductory annotation. The documents--most have been abridged--are arranged in broad topical areas, and the diversity of perspectives is admirable. Although there is some overlap with Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader, edited by Barbara Crow (New York Univ., 2000), Crow's focus on longer theoretical pieces will serve a scholarly audience, while Baxandall and Gordon's work will attract a larger public readership. Most libraries will want this volume.--Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\