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Lerner, Gerda 1920-2013

Works: 113 works in 494 publications in 7 languages and 21,994 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Biography  Sources  Drama  Biographical films  Archives  Film adaptations  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HQ1121, FIC
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Most widely held works by Gerda Lerner
Black women in white America : a documentary history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

47 editions published between 1964 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 2,727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this fine collection of rare documentary sources, many of them previously unpublished, African-American women in their rich diversity speak of themselves, their lives, their ambitions, their struggles. Theirs are stores of oppression and survival, of family and community self-help, of inspiring heroism and grass-roots organizational continuity in the face of racism, economic hardship, and, far too often, violence. In the spirit of the slave mother who counseled her daughter, "Fight, and if you can't fight, kick; if you can't kick, then bite, " black women resisted sexual abuse and economic oppression, cared for black children and neighbors, and organized for survival and political power. Their vivid accounts, their strong and insistent voices, make for inspiring reading, enriching our understanding of the American past"--Book cover
The Female experience : an American documentary by Gerda Lerner( Book )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While women's experience encompasses all that is human, while women have participated in history and the making of history through all time, until very recently they have been largely excluded from the writing of that history. Most of what we know of the past experience of women comes to us largely through the distorting lens of men's reflections and observations. In the now classic The Female Experience, Gerda Lerner describes history as seen by women, as colored by their values. What she creates is fascinating narrative of the lives and history of ordinary women, a book that provides a new framework for the study of their past experience. If women's history is now a healthy and ever-growing discipline, we have in a large part this award-winning author to thank. Avoiding the traditional chronological periods by which U.S. history is most often studied, Lerner groups her sources--many taken from manuscripts previously unknown, and others only available in research libraries--according to the lifecycle of women, their roles in a male-defined society, in the workplace, in politics, and finally in the contemporary world where feminism is creating an altogether new consciousness. From "runaway wives" in eighteenth-century America, through an anonymous account of a mother's death during childbirth, to appeals in our century for freedom of sexual preference, The Female Experience recounts history from the woman's point of view, and goes a long way toward reconstructing a female past and analyzing it with appropriate concepts. In the general introduction and chapter essays Lerner offers commentary that not only knits these disparate primary sources together, but also interprets them in an innovative way
The creation of patriarchy by Gerda Lerner( Book )

22 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and Italian and held by 1,859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A major new work by a leading historian and pioneer in women's studies, The Creation of Patriarchy is a radical reconceptualization of Western civilization that makes gender central to its analysis. Gerda Lerner argues that male dominance over women is not "natural" or biological, but the product of an historical development begun in the second millennium B.C. in the Ancient Near East. As patriarchy as a system of organizing society was established historically, she contends, it can also be ended by the historical process. Focusing on the contradiction between women's central role in creating society and their marginality in the meaning-giving process of definition and interpretation, Lerner explores such fascinating questions as: What can account for women's exclusion from the historical process? What could explain the long delay--more than 3,500 years--in women's coming to consciousness of their own subordinate position? She goes back to the cultures of the earliest known civilizations--those of the ancient Near East--to discover the origins of the major gender metaphors of Western civilization. Using historical, literary, archaeological, and artistic evidence, she then traces the development of these ideas, symbols, and metaphors and their incorporation into Western civilization as the basis of patriarchal gender relations."--Publisher description
The majority finds its past : placing women in history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

35 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and German and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lauded for its contribution to the theory and conceptualization of the field of women's history and for its sensitivity to the differences of class, ethnicity, race, and culture among women, The Majority Finds Its Past became a classic volume in women's history after its original publication in 1979. This edition includes a foreword by Linda K. Kerber, introducing a new generation of readers to Gerda Lerner's body of work and highlighting the importance of the essays in this collection to the development of the field that Lerner helped establish."--Book cover
The creation of feminist consciousness : from the Middle Ages to eighteen-seventy by Gerda Lerner( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 1,727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Patriarchy traced the development of the ideas, symbols, and metaphors by which men institutionalized their domination of women. Now, in The Creation of Feminist Consciousness, the eagerly awaited concluding volume of the Women and History Series, Lerner documents the twelve-hundred-year struggle of women to free their minds from patriarchal thought, to create Women's History, and to achieve a feminist consciousness. Lerner argues that the millennia-old educational disadvantaging of women and their marginalization in the intellectual life of Western civilization retarded women's ability to comprehend their condition and to define their needs as a group. She shows the devastating impact on women's psychology of notions of their innate mental inferiority, reinforced generation after generation by the teachings of family, church, and state. Through examining over a thousand years of feminist biblical criticism, Lerner illustrates her most important insight - the discontinuity of Women's History. The generation to generation transmission of knowledge on which the building of civilization rests did not work for women. Because they did not know its history, each generation of women used their energies and talents reinventing ideas that other women had already defined - this greatly delayed the development of women's consciousness of themselves as members of a group. In a series of fascinating portraits of individual women who resisted patriarchal indoctrination, Lerner discusses women mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and later Protestant mystics, and brings to life the many women of great literary talent, from Christine de Pisan to Louise Labe to Emily Dickinson, who simply bypassed patriarchal thought and created alternate worlds for themselves."
The Grimké sisters from South Carolina; pioneers for woman's rights and abolition by Gerda Lerner( Book )

34 editions published between 1967 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke explores the lives and ideas of the only southern women to become antislavery agents in the North and pioneers for women's rights. This revised and expanded edition includes two new primary documents and an additional essay by Lerner. In a revised introduction Lerner reinterprets her own work nearly forty years later and gives new recognition to the major significance of Sarah Grimke's feminist writings
The Grimké sisters from South Carolina; rebels against slavery by Gerda Lerner( Book )

6 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncorrected proofs from Houghton Mifflin (Boston, Mass.)
A death of one's own by Gerda Lerner( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerda Lerner's husband was an academy award winning film editor, and this book is based on the journal which Mrs. Lerner kept through his final illness. It is particularly useful in charting the course of adjustment that individuals and couples make as one is dying. Mr. Lerner pleaded with his wife to help him die with dignity when he could no longer work. When that time came, he was not ready to die and asked her to promise to help him die if he ever lost the power to speak. When that time came, he was not ready to let go. This is a poignant book which lyrically describes the loving process of a couple facing the death of one partner
The woman in American history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The feminist thought of Sarah Grimké by Sarah Moore Grimké( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarah and Angelina Grimke to Queen Victoria, October 26, 1837 -- SMG to Augustus Wattles, February 15, 1852 -- SMG to the editors, Christian Inquirer, February 10, 1852 -- SMG to the editor, The Lily, April 1852 -- SMG to the editors, New York Tribune, May 31, 1852 -- SMG to Augustus Wattles, April 2, 1854 -- SMG to Augustus Wattles, May 31, 1854 -- SMG, Manuscript essay; the education of women -- SMG to Harriot Hunt, May 23, 1855 -- SMG to Sarah Wattles, August 12, 1855 -- Gerda Lerner, a problem of ascription -- SMG, manuscript essay; marriage -- SMG to Jeanne Deroin, May 21, 1856 -- SMG to Gerrit Smith, October 1, 1856 -- SMG, manuscript essay; sisters of charity -- SMG, letter draft to George Sand -- SMG to Sarah Wattles, December 27,1856 -- The Grimke sisters and the struggles against race prejudice -- The political activities of antislavery women
Black like me by ( Visual )

6 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of a white newsman in the early 1960's who chemically changes the color of his skin in order to experience life as a black man in the South
Teaching women's history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Entstehung des Patriarchats by Gerda Lerner( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Römerzeit - Europa - Bevölkerungsgeschichte - Anthropologie - Ethnologie
Bibliography in the history of American women by Gerda Lerner( Book )

7 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Entstehung des feministischen Bewusstseins : vom Mittelalter bis zur ersten Frauenbewegung by Gerda Lerner( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women are history : a bibliography in the history of American women by Gerda Lerner( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and history by Gerda Lerner( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roll of thunder, hear my cry by Mildred D Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Spanish and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand
No farewell, a novel by Gerda Lerner( Book )

1 edition published in 1955 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The creation of patriarchyWomen and history
Alternative Names
Gerda Lerner Amerikaans historica van de moderne tijd (1920-2013)

Gerda Lerner historiadora austroestadounidense

Gerda Lerner scrittrice, docente e storica statunitense

Gerda Lerner US-amerikanische Historikerin, Pionierin der Frauengeschichte

Gerda Lerner women's history scholar

Kronstein, Gerda 1920-2013

Kronstein, Gerda Hedwig 1920-2013

Lerner, Gerda

Lerner, Gerda 1920-

Герда Лернер

கெர்டா லெர்னர்

러너, 거다 1920-2013

러너, 거더 1920-2013

ラーナー, ゲルダ


English (301)

German (51)

French (9)

Italian (4)

Spanish (4)

Japanese (3)

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The Female experience : an American documentaryThe creation of patriarchyThe majority finds its past : placing women in historyThe creation of feminist consciousness : from the Middle Ages to eighteen-seventyThe Grimké sisters from South Carolina; pioneers for woman's rights and abolitionA death of one's ownWomen and historyThe feminist thought of Sarah GrimkéWomen and history