Catalogue 2012 - 2013

HIST 251 Early American Women's History to 1865


3 cr.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the diverse experiences of women in American history, which until recent decades had been largely ignored. Today, however, women's history and gender studies are two of the fastest growing and most promising fields of historical inquiry, offering students new perspectives on the nation's past and providing them with a framework to assess their own lives. This particular course will focus on the early years of American history, roughly from the 1500s to the 1860s, and cover such topics as colonial gender roles, the impact of the Revolution on women's status, gender and slavery in the Old South, and women's roles in opening the West.