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Karla L. Kelling
HSTAA 373
Seattle Campus

Social History of American Women to 1890

A multi-racial, multicultural study of women in the United States from the seventeenth century to 1890 emphasizing women's unpaid work, participation in the paid labor force, charitable and reform activities, and nineteenth century social movements. Uses primary materials such as diaries, letters, speeches, and artifacts. Offered: jointly with GWSS 383; W.

Class description

This course takes a multi-cultural, multi-racial approach to the study of women in the United States from the 17th century to 1890. Students will examine womenís paid and unpaid labor, community and reform activities, and the development of 19th century social movements. We will particularly pay attention to the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped womenís experiences at particular historical times.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will examine both primary and secondary sources to interpret the history of women in the United States from the 17th century to 1890. Through lectures, reading, discussions, and short analytical assignments, students will learn about the past and forge their own assessments of womenís history. Student attendance and participation are essential.

Recommended preparation

HSTAA 201, Women 200, and /or Women 283 are recommended, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

To be announced


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Karla L. Kelling
Date: 04/06/2005