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NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HISTORY 127 - WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY (3 CR.)

Course Description

Examines the roles of women and the attitudes toward women in American society from colonial times to the present. Lecture 3 hours per week.

General Course Purpose

Examines the roles of women and the attitudes toward women in American society from colonial times to the present. Lecture 3 hours per week.

Course Prerequisites/Co-requisites

No prerequisites. It is preferable but not mandatory that the student has taken a general course in American history before enrolling in History 127. The ability to read and write the English language effectively at the college level is expected.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Describe the evolution of women’s legal status, from the doctrine of femme covert to the debate over the Equal Rights Amendmen

Major Topics to be Included

  • Before America: The status and roles of the women who came to the New World
  • The role of women in the establishment of permanent settlements in North
  • America
  • Women and the American Revolution-contributions of women and the impact on
  • women
  • Industrialization: The Transformation of the Household and the Concept of
  • Separate Spheres
  • Reform, Early Feminism and "The Cult of True Womanhood"
  • Southern Women, White and Black
  • The Civil War and American Women
  • Victorian Women and Domestic Feminism
  • Progressivism and the Suffrage Movement
  • The "New Woman" of the 1920s
  • Women and the Great Depression
  • Women’s roles during World War II at home and in uniform
  • The Cold War Era and the Feminine Mystique
  • The 1960s: The Revival of Feminism and Women’s Liberation
  • The 1970s and 1980s: The ERA, Anti-feminism, and changing economic roles


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