HIST 162
Unfamous Women, USA Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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How do historians write and discover the lives of American women who never ran for office, led social movements, or married famous men? What sorts of lives did they lead? In what ways did they respond to the social and political upheavals of their age? How do historians unearth everyday experiences? Are the stakes different when we attempt to tell the stories of people whose lives make little mark on official letters. We will read social and cultural U.S. women’s history, looking at urban working class women, enslaved women, rural farmers and wives, immigrant women from Europe and the Caribbean. Tutorial pairs will spend at least one week investigating sources in the Chapin Library and perhaps looking at visual art at Williams College Museum of Art.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3234
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write papers (4-6 pages) roughly every other week, students will also write one page critiques, students will make a formal oral presentation one week
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: First-Years and Sophomores
Enrollment Preferences: First-Year Students, and then Sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: DPE: This course investigates women whose lack of political, economic and cultural power has persisted into the historical record. We will consciously think and write about the role of historians in recovering lives and stories. How much of someone's story can we really tell? How far should historians go in deploying peoples scanty records to make an intellectual argument?
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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