Karla L. Kelling
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.
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 women’s 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 women’s 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 women’s history. Student attendance and participation are essential.
HSTAA 201, Women 200, and /or Women 283 are recommended, but not required.
Class assignments and grading
To be announced