TR 9:30 - 10:50 am
This course examines the lives of women in the United States and Great Britain from around 1600 to the present. Its central focus is how the factor of gender, along with other factors such as class and race, affected the historical experience of women. While no prior knowledge of British history is required, it is presumed that the student has had the lower-division survey of U.S. history.
2 exams, worth 30% each.
Internet project, worth 10%.
Research paper, worth 30%.
The course is divided into two parts. At the end of each section there will be an exam, primarily an essay exam. Each exam will cover only the readings and lectures in that section of the course.
This will be done in class, as an exercise in beginning to think about gender and history. We will use the web site www.oldbaileyonline.org and we will meet in the computer lab at the library, working with this site, which contains information on the workings of London’s central criminal court between 1674 - 1913, as well as transcripts of actual trials. Students will research and write up a trial involving a woman. Credit will be pass/fail; in other words, you do the project and get 10 points towards your final grade, or you don’t do it and lose 10 points.
In this paper, you are to research and write about the life of a woman known to you, living or dead. This will most likely be a family history, either of a woman that you know/have known (for example, a mother, grandmother, aunt, etc.), or a woman (for example, a great-grandmother) that you have heard about but not known personally. Using oral history and primary sources (letters, legal certificates, etc.), you will construct this woman’s life history and put it in historical context. How was – or wasn’t – her life "typical" of her times? How did historical events and currents shape her life? An alternative to a family history is to profile in the same way a woman (teacher, coach, office holder, etc.) that you admire who is not a relative.
This paper counts for 30% of your final grade, and the quality of your research is a very important component in the grade you receive. The instructor will have available textbooks for the second half of US history to help you with the context, and, of course, our own texts will help as well.
Standard 100 point scale except for internet project which is credit/no credit.
Papers must be typed and annotated.
Late papers will be penalized 5 points off for each weekday late and ABSOLUTELY NO PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THURSDAY, MAY 5.
You are expected to attend class but a formal roll will not be kept. However, if you do not attend class, you will not have the material necessary to pass the exams.