COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HISTORY 127 - WOMEN
IN AMERICAN HISTORY (3 CR.)
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.
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.
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
- Discuss the impact of race, class, ethnicity and region on the changing status of women in American history.
- Describe how these demographic categories lead to differing outlooks on major issues confronting American women over time and space.
- Interpret the history of American women in the larger context of American history.
- Describe and put into context the evolution of women’s culture, for example the emergence of cultural feminism, or the culture of the “New Woman” of the 1920s.
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
Women and the American Revolution-contributions of women and the impact on
Industrialization: The Transformation of the Household and the Concept of
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