352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3597-2
Published: December 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3598-9
Published: December 2017
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Awards & distinctions
Named one of 35 over 35, Thirty-Five Debut Authors over Thirty-Five
Examining the advent of female federal employment, Ziparo finds a lost opportunity for wage equality in the federal government and shows how despite discrimination, prejudice, and harassment, women persisted, succeeding in making their presence in the federal workforce permanent.
About the Author
Jessica Ziparo earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
For more information about Jessica Ziparo, visit the Author Page.
“This Grand Experiment is well researched, with Ziparo having traced about three thousand women who worked for the government in the 1860s.”--Journal of Southern History
“In this excellent book, Ziparo illustrates how women's work during the Civil War made them a regular part of the nation's bureaucracy while also highlighting the inequality that they faced.”--Civil War Book Review
“Rigorously researched and musically written, This Grand Experiment offers a great deal more than a study of a several thousand women—most of them white, most of them desperately trying to maintain their middle-class status, in one city over less than a decade—might suggest.”--Journal of American History
“Provides an excellent, detailed look at another group of women who need to be added to the list of essential war workers: the thousands who sought and gained employment in the federal government from 1861 until the early 1870s.”--Journal of the Civil War Era
“Ziparo creates a strong story on a topic few have considered before by weaving scant sources together to form an engaging narrative.”--American Historical Review
"This Grand Experiment offers a fresh look at Civil War Washington by examining the experience of the thousands of women who flocked to federal agencies to help administer the war. Although female federal employees endured salacious rumors and generally were ‘underpaid, underutilized, and underappreciated,’ Jessica Ziparo shows how their struggles both challenged and reinforced contemporary notions of female inferiority. With careful research and thoughtful analysis, Ziparo tells a compelling story of a remarkable group of women who helped America fight the Civil War and rebuild the nation afterward."--Chris Myers Asch, coauthor of Chocolate City