Full-text collection of writings in English, or in English translation, by women before 1850, with an emphasis on early modern works. We give greatest priority to texts that are not currently available in print and that are most needed by scholars. The aim behind these choices is to give an inclusive cross-section of the written culture. Allowing the inclusion of dictated narratives, for instance, makes it possible to include texts by illiterate women (for instance, slave narratives) which would be excluded if we insisted upon a strict construction of authorship. Similarly, historical reports of women's words (for instance, in the context of a witchcraft trial) give a view of women's discourse which would otherwise be inaccessible. Texts in translation have circulated within the culture of English women's writing and represent an important component of that culture. We treat the text as a document more than as a work of literature: hence our approach emphasizes transcription of the full document rather In addition to English texts written by women, the WWP textbase may include texts co-authored by men; texts of doubtful authorship, where the WWP feels there is good reason to believe the author was female; texts translated into English by women (the original author may be male, although these texts would have a somewhat lower priority); texts written by women in other languages and translated into English by men (again, with a slightly lower priority); historical accounts of trials or other events which claim to report women's words more or less directly; narratives dictated by women to male transcribers (even where it seems likely that the transcription is not verbatim); texts written under a female pseudonym which have circulated as women's writing (whether or not the author is actually female; again, with a somewhat lower priority).
When the administration of the Western College for Women – now a part of Miami University – opened its campus to civil rights activists in 1964, the institution followed its long tradition of independence and innovation. An estimated 700 young, idealistic college students from across the north arrived in Oxford, Ohio for voter registration training before leaving to serve in Mississippi to register African-Americans to vote and assist with local community projects, like Freedom schools and the building of community centers.
Today, the story of Freedom Summer has the power to evoke important questions about American identity, public life, engagement, and commitment. This exhibit will focus on local resident Roland Duerksen and former student volunteers Carole Colca and Mark Levy. They have left the legacy of their work in the Western College Memorial Archives. This exhibit, which includes photographs, letters, audio recordings, and an interactive map of Mississippi, will serve as a narrative of their dedication to civil rights and social justice.
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