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Shirley J. Yee
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 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

Lecture/discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

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


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 Shirley J. Yee
Date: 05/09/2012