This introductory chapter presents an overview of the main themes covered in this autobiography. The book shows how thought and action have been connected in the author's life; how the life she led before becoming an academic affected the questions she asked as a historian; and how the social struggles in which she engaged as an academic woman informed her thinking. It explains how a decision to change the content of historical scholarship and knowledge so as to give women just representation became a challenge to develop new teaching methods and to create alternate models of academic discourse. It also traces how feminist teaching led to the development of “outreach” projects that influenced a large number of people beyond the reach of the academy.
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