Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Examine, evaluate, and discuss the experiences, roles, achievements, and contributions of American women from the pre-colonial era through Reconstruction.
2. Utilize the social historical approach in assessing the past.
3. Identify examples of gender bias in historical presentations.
4. Assess the present position of women in American society in comparison to the past.
5. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
1. The study of history
A. The social historical approach
B. Critical thinking and history: terminology defined and applied
C. U.S. history from a woman's perspective
E. Primary and Secondary Sources
2. Gender roles in Pre-Columbian America
3. The Colonial Period
A. Impact of the Euro-Americans on Native Americans
B. Common Law--Coverture
4. The Chesapeake Colonies
A. Indentured servants and tobacco
B. Family life
C. Bacon's Rebellion
5. Puritan Colonies in New England
A. Reasons for colonization
B. Social and family organizations--women's economic
C. Patriarchy established
1. Anne Hutchinson
2. Salem Witch Craze
D. Challenging patriarchy
6. Establishment of slavery
A. West African societies
B. Middle Passage
C. Slave laws
D. Conditions of enslaved women
7. Revolutionary Period
A. Ideas of the Enlightenment
B. Daughters of Liberty
C. Women's roles in the war
8. The New Republic
A. Republican Motherhood
C.The Constitution and women's rights
1. Decline of the artisan
2. Mill Girls
B. Irish immigration
C. Middle Class
1. "The Lady"
2. Separate spheres
10. Religion and reform
A. Second Great Awakening
B. Reform movements
3. Women's rights, suffrage, and Seneca Falls
C. Utopian communities
11. Antebellum South
A. Mammy and Jezebel
B. Black women's lives
C. Planter class women
12. The Civil War and Reconstruction
A. Sectional tensions
B. Women's roles in the war
1. Soldiers, spies, and nurses
2. Sanitation Commission
C. Draft and Food Riots
2. Freedmen's Bureau
1. Weekly reading assignments of roughly 30-50 pages a week. These assignments will use primary and secondary sources.
2. 1500-2000 words of out-of-class writing. These assignments will be: reaction papers, analytical essays, or research papers. An analytical component will be part of these assignments.
3. One in-class essay midterm and a final; multiple choice components are optional.
4. Quizzes are optional.
5. Written homework as directed by the instructor.
6. Participation in discussion as directed by instructor.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
30 - 50%
|Written homework, Reaction, Analytical, or Research Essays||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
40 - 65%
|Essay Exams, Objective exams and/or quizzes||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 10%
|Attendance and participation||
Inventing the American Woman Vol. 1 4th ed., (to 1877), Riley, Glenda. Harlan Davidson, Inc.,2007. (classic)
Through Women's Eyes, 3rd edition, Ellen Carol Dubois & Lynn Dumenil. Bedford: 2012