Campus: CSU, Hayward -- July 25, 2001
Two CSUH Professors Win Book Awards
Two history professors at California State University, Hayward have
received awards for their non-fiction books.
Dee Andrews was awarded the Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award by the
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for her book, The Methodists
and Revolutionary America (Princeton University Press, 2000).
The fellowship committee chose Professor Andrews' study from a field of
55 entries for its "thorough research, concentration on a significant
historical subject, and use of rich human detail and contradiction."
The book will be issued in paperback in spring 2002.
Jessica Weiss, an assistant professor, received the Western Association
of Women Historians' Sierra Book Prize this year for To Have and To Hold:
Marriage, the Baby Boom, and Social Change (University of Chicago Press,2000).
The book examines such issues as parenting, women and work, ideals of
family togetherness, sexuality, and lifestyle changes. Using oral interviews
in the narrative of the book, Weiss demonstrated that the
popular "Father Knows Best" image does not represent the totality
of people's experiences in the 1950s or after.
In To Have and To Hold Weiss undercuts the image of home-bound male-dominated
women, demonstrating that women often were working outside the home and
delaying pursuit their own dreams of further education and career development
until their youngest children began school.
Kathie Sheldon, a committee member of the Western Association of Women
Historians, said the book was chosen because it made us all think about
the generation of the parents of the baby boom in a new, more complex,
and more honest way.