History 359 (Hi 55) American Women's History

Description of the Course: Ever wonder why women get paid less than men? Why men get drafted and women do not? Ever wonder what it would really mean for men and women to be "equal"? Curious how men got stuck being the breadwinners while women get to care for families? This course will examine US history from the colonial period to the late 20th century from the perspective of women's experiences. It will explore the changing meaning of gender (what it means to be male or female), as well as women's role in politics, the economy, the family and religion. Studying women changes the way one thinks about history in general - you ask new questions, use different sources, and come up with different answers. Both men and women are welcome in the course.

Topics Covered Include: The colonial experience, the American Revolution, anti-alcohol and anti-slavery movements, women in slavery, the suffrage movement, women in the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, women in war, and the women's rights movement of the 1970s.

Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

This course is taught by: Professor Beth Salerno

Click here to see a syllabus from a previous time Professor Salerno taught this course. Please note that the syllabus may change substantially.

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