This Grand Experiment: When Women Entered the Federal Workforce in Civil War-Era Washington, D.C.
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: University of North Carolina Press
Available: November 2021
352 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 6 halftones
Not Yet Published
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.
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
Deeply researched. . . . Readers with broad interests in Civil War Washington, particularly the social impact of the burgeoning bureaucracy and the reform impulses unleashed by emancipation, should read This Grand Experiment.--Washington History