Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Heinz, Annelise
Discipline and Number
HIST 6335 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
U.S. Women

Description of Course:

This course is designed to familiarize students with the changing scholarly landscape of women's and gender history, and prepare them to take part in it. We will examine selected foundational and recent works. Students will examine the contours of debate between scholars and hone their skills in how to join the historical conversation. Fundamental questions guiding the course include: How do historians "do" the history of women and gender? What is gained by an understanding of women's and gender history? What reconsiderations does a gendered perspective provoke for U.S. history?

Required Texts:

Laura Briggs, Somebody's Children
Margot Canaday, The Straight State
Nancy Cott, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
Anne Enke, Finding the Movement: Sexuality, Contested Spaces, and Feminist Activism
Nan Enstad, Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure
Martha Hodes, White Women Black Men
Valerie Matsumoto, City Girls
Danielle McGuire, The Dark End of the Street
Toni Morrison, A Mercy
Michelle Nickerson, Mothers of Conservatism
Mary Beth Norton, Founding Mothers and Fathers
Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

30% Critical bibliography
40% Historiographical essay
30% Discussion and discussion questions

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