WGSS 452 Spring 2013 Women in America, 1620-1865

Cross Listed as HIST452
This course will explore the diversity of American women's experiences from the colonial era through the Civil War. We will pay particular attention to the roles women filled--as slaves, nuns, housewives, mothers, and workers, as well as depictions of women as witches, paragons of virtue, and urban consumers. In our reading of historiography and primary texts we will analyze the ways in which literacy and artistic culture as well as geopolitical events shaped women's lives. As we study works of history, we will also read modern works of feminist and race theory to further our understanding of connections between ideology and practice, between narrative and argument.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: a research paper (20-25 pages), based on reading and analysis of a set of primary sources, a literature review, class participation, and an informal reading journal
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: advanced History majors and to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Global History
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10-15
Class Number: 3553
WGSS452-01(S) SEM Women in America 1620-1865 Division 2: Social Studies Gretchen Long
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 137 3553
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