Shirley J. Yee
A multi-racial, multicultural study of women in the United States from the 17th century to 1890 emphasizing women's unpaid work, participation in the paid labor force, charitable and reform activities, and 19th century social movements. Uses primary materials such as diaries, letters, speeches, and artifacts. Offered: jointly with GWSS 383.
This course analyzes major themes in the history of women in North America from the 17th century to about 1900. The themes we will explore include the development of conceptions of womanhood, family and community formation, social activism, education, slavery, war, and migration.
The questions we will address throughout the quarter include but are not limited to the following: 1) How have conceptions of gender, race, ethnicity, and class shaped the daily realities of women’s lives at specific historical moments? 2)How have writings by and about women shaped what we “know” about women, womanhood, and femininity? 3)In what ways can we compare and contrast the historical experiences of men and women and between groups of women?
Student learning goals
1. Learn how to conduct historical research using primary and secondary sources
2. Sharpen speaking skills through class participation and group oral presentations
3. Learn major themes, issues, and debates in U.S. women's history
4. Develop and sharpen writing skills
5. Develop critical analytical skills
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.
Students may sign up for "W" credit on an individual basis.
1. Knowledge and full articulation of course content 2. Depth of analysis on written assignments - exams and research paper 3. writing, speaking and research skills