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University of Delaware
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Women, women's rights, suffrage, voluntary associations, religion
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About Me

Anne M. Boylan is Professor Emerita of History and Women and Gender Studies at UD.  A social historian of the United States, her research and writing encompass women’s history, social and cultural history, voluntary associations, religion, and historical memory.  She is the author of scholarly articles and three books: Sunday School: The Formation of An American Institution, 1790-1880 (Yale University Press 1988); The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (University of North Carolina Press 2002); and Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press 2015).  Boylan has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute, the American Historical Association, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the University of Delaware.  She was recently inducted into the Society of American Historians. She is currently working on two projects: analyzing popular sources of knowledge about women’s history in the era before there was an academic field of women’s history; and, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, researching and writing short biographical sketches of Delaware’s woman suffrage leaders.

Recent Publications

Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)

The Origins of Women’s Activism, New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002; paperback edition, 2002)

“Claiming Visibility: Women in Public/Public Women in the United States, 1865-1910,” in Becoming Visible: Women in View in Late Nineteenth-Century America, ed., Janet Floyd, Alison Eastman and R. J. Ellis (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010): 1-24

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Religion, Women