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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 four 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); Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press 2015); and Votes for Delaware Women (University of Delaware Press, 2021).  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 has been inducted into the Society of American Historians and recently served as a Consulting Historian for the Congressional Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. She is currently working on two projects: a public history project dedicating eight centennial historic markers for Delaware’s suffrage leaders; and a book analyzing popular sources of knowledge about women’s history in the era before there was an academic field of women’s history.

Recent Publications

Votes for Delaware Women (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2021)

“Delaware’s African American Suffragists,” Delaware History 35, no.2 (Fall-Winter, 2019-2020): 106-116; and 36, no. 1 (Fall-Winter, 2020-2021): 44-84

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