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The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945
Julia Mickenberg, University of Texas, Austin

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American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream (Book)
Title: American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream
Author: Julia L. Mickenberg
Abstract: American Girls in Red Russia recovers a forgotten counterpoint to the well-worn story of a “lost” generation’s escape to Paris. It explores Soviet Russia’s significance for independent, liberated, and socially conscious American “new women” in the first half of the twentieth century. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing after 1917, Russian revolutionary ideology attracted well-known suffragists, reformers, educators, journalists, artists, performers, as well as curious travelers. American women felt drawn to Russia because, like men, they wanted to witness the most dramatic set of events on the world’s stage. As women, they also hoped for a new era of female possibility, in which women would not merely be independent of men, but also equal builders of a new world, a classless society, where culture, education and social welfare counted for more than profit. US feminists still fighting for the vote took note as their Russian sisters gained not just voting rights but also abortion rights, property rights, the right to divorce, and maternity benefits, as well as state-supported childcare, dining halls and laundries. And all of this came to pass in a land that had officially outlawed prejudice against ethnic and racial minorities. This collective biography recounts the hopes, experiences, and grave disappointments of US women who campaigned for “Russian freedom”; who saved sickly, starving children from the Russian famine; who worked on rural communes in Siberia or wrote for Moscow newspapers; and who performed on Soviet stages in an effort to embody and express the revolutionary ethos. It recalls US women who survived the Great Terror and who celebrated their Soviet counterparts during the war. And, in light of the Cold War, it demands we come to terms with their legacy.
Year: 2017
Primary URL Description: Not yet available
Secondary URL Description: Not yet available
Access Model: available as cloth and e-book and hopefully latter as paperback
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780226256122
Copy sent to NEH?: No

"Suffragettes and Soviets: American Feminists and the Specter of Revolutionary Russia" (Article)
Title: "Suffragettes and Soviets: American Feminists and the Specter of Revolutionary Russia"
Author: Julia Mickenberg
Abstract: That the U.S. woman suffrage amendment passed within a few years of the Russian revolution was no mere coincidence. Many know that anti-suffragists (the “antis”) used charges of socialism and “bolshevism” to discredit American suffragists. Some know that proponents of woman suffrage taunted their opponents with reminders that women in “darkest Russia” had obtained the vote before their American sisters. But historians have been so loathe to validate red baiters’ accusations that they have ignored U.S. feminists’ abiding attention to revolutionary Russia. This essay argues that the Russian revolutionary agenda—in theory if not in practice—provided a framework for reimagining the terms of women’s citizenship, and as such, was of vital interest to U.S. feminists. It also reveals historical continuities between abolitionists, feminists and “friends of Russian freedom.”
Year: 2014
Primary URL: http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/4/1021.extract
Primary URL Description: Journal of American History
Access Model: subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Journal of American History
Publisher: Oxford University Press

"To Be His Storm Over Asia: American Women, Sex, and Revolutionary Tourism in Russia, 1905-1945" (Book Section)
Title: "To Be His Storm Over Asia: American Women, Sex, and Revolutionary Tourism in Russia, 1905-1945"
Author: Julia Mickenberg
Editor: Paula Rabinowitz
Editor: Heather Bowen-Struyk
Editor: Ruth Barraclough
Abstract: Sensational reports of free love and the “nationalization of women” under the Bolsheviks revealed the way in which American anxieties were filtered through critiques of Bolshevik morality. But U.S. new women visiting the “new Russia” in the 1920s and 1930s not only praised the Bolsheviks’ “new morality”— efforts to make women full members of society and an ideal of comradely love—they also experienced sexual awakenings, physically embodying their political desire. This essay draws upon fictional and journalistic accounts of Russia’s new morality from the 1920s and 1930s alongside archival evidence of real or imagined affairs involving travelers to the Soviet Union. The U.S. Left’s association of Soviet Russia with sexual possibility and female empowerment continued longer than it could in the Soviet Union itself.
Year: 2015
Primary URL: http://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9781137522009
Primary URL Description: Palgrave Macmillan website
Access Model: available as cloth and e-book
Publisher: Palgram Macmillan
Book Title: Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century
ISBN: 9781137522009

Dancing for Stalin: Pauline Koner's "Russian Days" and the Question of Stalinism (Book Section)
Title: Dancing for Stalin: Pauline Koner's "Russian Days" and the Question of Stalinism
Author: Julia L. Mickenberg
Editor: Paula Rabinowitz
Editor: Robbie Lieberman
Editor: Howard Brick
Abstract: This article focuses on modern dancer Pauline Koner's 18 months dancing and teaching in the Soviet Union, at the invitation of the Soviet government, from 1934-1936 in light of radical American dancers' attraction to the Soviet Union and in light of the Stalinist objectives that Koner wound up inadvertently serving as a young, idealistic woman trying to establish herself.
Year: 2015
Primary URL: http://www.publishing.umich.edu/publications/maize-books/lineages-of-the-literary-left/
Primary URL Description: Michigan Publishing/Maize books
Access Model: Open access
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Book Title: Lineages of the Literary Left: Essays in Honor of Alan M. Wald
ISBN: 9781607853459


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