Call for Proposals: Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920

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Call for Proposals: Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920

Melissa Walker and Giselle Roberts, co-editors of the Women’s Diaries and Letters of the Southseries published by the University of South Carolina Press, invite proposals for the inaugural volume of a new sub-series of multi-collection documentary editions suitable for use in American history and women’s history survey courses.

Walker and Roberts will serve as volume editors of Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920, featuring 4-6 documentary accounts of southern women’s experiences with paid work including self-employment.

We are currently seeking proposals from potential contributing editors.  Diaries, letters, oral history interviews, articles, editorials, memoirs and other firsthand accounts for the period 1877-1920 will be considered. Selections must range from 18,000 to 25,000 words. We are looking for accounts that offer diversity of race, class, geographic location, and occupation.  Contributing editors will edit and annotate their nominated documentary selection and prepare a brief biographical essay on the author(s).

Proposals including  a 1-2 page synopsis of the documentary collection and an explanation of its significance to the study of southern women’s labor history, along with a 2-page CV to be submitted by October 1, 2014. Please email  questions and/or proposals to both editors.

Melissa Walker, PhD 
George Dean Johnson, Jr. Professor of History 
Converse College 
Spartanburg, SC 29302 

Giselle Roberts, PhD 
History Department 
La Trobe University 
Victoria, 3086, Australia