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Legacy is the only scholarly journal to focus specifically on American women's writings from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. Each issue's articles cover a wide range of topics: examinations of the works of individual authors; genre studies; analyses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexualities in women's literature; and historical and material cultural issues pertinent to women's lives and literary works. In addition, Legacy regularly publishes profiles of lesser-known or newly recovered authors, reprints of primary works in all genres, and book reviews covering current scholarship in the field.

Legacy is published twice a year by the University of Nebraska Press and is available online through Project MUSE or through university electronic journal websites.

Legacy is the official journal of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

Legacy Cover Legacy is happy to announce the results of the SSAWW 2012 Best Paper Contest, acknowledging the strongest papers presented at the SSAWW Conference in Denver in 2012.

Winner, General Category:

Tina Gianquitto, "'My Dear Dr.': Amateur Women Plant Collectors and the Harvard Botanists, 1860-1900"

Winner, Student Category:

Melissa J. Lingle-Martin, "Icons, Iconoclasm, and Citizenship in Max Rosenthal's Proclamation of Emancipation and Lydia Maria Child's A Romance of the Republic"

Honorable Mention:

Sarah Klotz, "Sisterhood in Pictographs: Interpreting Indigenous Literacy Practices in Hope Leslie"
Corrine Martin, "'I Came to Know Another America': Disidentifying Citizenship in Agnes Smedley's Daughter of Earth"
Ashley Reed, "Imagining the Middle-Class Educator in Augusta Jane Evans' Beulah"
Judith Scholes, "American Women's Poetry and Civil War Relief in The Drum Beat"
Carl H. Sederholm, "Lydia Maria Child and the Search for Religious Wholeness"
Randi Tanglen, "Anti-Mormon Sentiment, Whiteness, and the Politics of Belonging in The Captivity of the Oatman Girls"

These papers represent some of the best work being done in the field, and we heartily congratulate those listed here. We thank all those who submitted for participating in the process.


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