HISTORY 590: WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE UNITED STATES              FALL 1998
 Instructor:    Dr. A. McCandless
 Office:    327 Maybank Building
 Telephone: 953-8025 / 953-5711
 Graduate Office Hours: 3-4 pm Tuesdays
 http://www.cofc.edu/~mccandla/amym.htm
 e-mail:   mccandlessa@cofc.edu
 

Purpose of the Course
Gender is an important component of historical analysis.  A separate examination of the female experience not only enables us to preserve the distinct contributions of women to the American heritage, but it also forces us to reexamine the ways in which gender intersects with race, class, ethnicity, and region in explaining political, economic, and social developments in the United States.

Required Readings
Woloch, Women and the American Experience: A Concise History
Cott, Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women
Pinckney, The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney 1739-1762
Painter, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
Litoff and Smith, American Women in a World at War: Contemporary Accounts from WW II
Materials from web sites as indicated
Handouts as provided

Reading assignments should be completed on the date indicated for discussion in the syllabus.

Portfolio
Each student will be required to keep a portfolio which contains critiques of the readings, discussions, and films. Portfolio entries should be typed and kept in a loose leaf binder so that they may be individually collected and graded. The portfolio notebook should be divided into three parts: 1) Primary source summaries of each assigned document in Cott; 2) Critical reviews of Pinckney, Painter, and Litoff and Smith; 3) Class work (lecture and discussion notes, class worksheets). You may use your portfolios for examinations; thus, it is to your benefit to have current and thorough entries.  See Portfolio Worksheet for details.

Primary source summaries and critical reviews are due at the beginning of class.

Tests and Examinations
There will be a midterm examination and a comprehensive final.  Questions will be both short answer (multiple-choice, fill-in, true-false) and essay. A medical excuse and/or note from the Dean of Graduate Studies will be required to make up examinations.

Class Participation and Discussion
Much of the historical material on women is very provocative, and you will want to discuss the individuals and ideas introduced in the readings.  You cannot do this if you are a) absent, b) asleep, or c) unprepared.  Both the quality and the quantity of your remarks will be considered when computing class participation grades (i.e., you do not get "points" for talking on a subject when you have not read the assignment).  Discussion leaders will be chosen for each reading, but everyone is expected to have read all class materials carefully and critically.

Please feel free to ask questions in class or by e-mail or to come by my office any time.  This is my speciality -- I love talking about it!

Grading
Final grades will be calculated by adding the weighted scores on the portfolio (40 percent); midterm exam (20 percent); class participation and attendance (20 percent); and final examination (20 percent).

The following grading scale will be used: 90 - 100 = A; 86 - 89 = B+; 80 - 85 = B; 76 - 79 = C+; 70 - 75 = C; 60 - 69 = D; 0 - 59 = F.
 

ASSIGNMENTS

Date                                                      Topics and Readings
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 Aug 25                 Topics: Course Introduction; Gender as a Historical Construct;
                              Native American Women
                              Readings: Cott 36-41; Woloch 16-21
                              Website: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/detoc/fem/indian.htm

Sep   1                   Topics: The British Heritage; Women and the Law
                              Readings: Woloch 1-16, 21-31, 34-49; Cott 3-35, 42-46;
                              Website: http://members.aol.com/samcasey/ancestors/witch.html
                              http://www.history.org/life/family/essay.htm

Sep  8                    Film: A Midwife's Tale

                       Website: http://www.icg.fas.harvard.edu/~mwt/laurel.html                            http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/amex/midwife/writing.html
Sep 15                   Discuss: The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney
                              Readings: Pinckney ix-186
                              Critical review due

Sep 22                   Topics: The American Revolution and New Republic; Women's Nature and
                              Sphere: The Ideal and the Real
                              Readings: Cott 49-109, 118-66; Woloch 49-63, 67-93
                              Website: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/detoc/fem/marriage.htm

Sep 29                   Topics: Westward Expansion; Midterm Examination
                              Readings: Cott 177-97, 224-29, 347-52; Woloch 93-99, 224-35
                              Website: http://members.aol.com/samcasey/ancestors/pioneer.html
 
Oct 6                     Topics: Slavery and Women; Women and Reform; film: Rebel Hearts
                              Readings: Cott 113-17, 167-73, 239-61, 198-203, 208-12; Woloch 104-33
                              Website: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/index.html
 
Oct 13                   Discuss: Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
                              Readings: Painter 3-348
                              Critical review due
 
Oct 20                   Topics: The Civil War and Its Aftermath; Film: Women in American Life;
                              Immigrants, Cities and Working Girls
                              Readings: Cott 268-90, 367-71, 204-07, 213-23, 353-63; Woloch 136-63

Oct 27                    Topics: Health, Medicine, and Sexuality; Rise of the New Woman
                               Readings: Cott 293-343, 399-440; Woloch 168-99

Nov 3                     FALL BREAK

Nov 10                   Topics: Women's Suffrage; Film: One Woman, One Vote; Women's
                               Higher Education
                               Readings: Woloch 205-37; handout on education
                               Website: http://www.nara.gov/education/teaching/woman/home.html
 http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Topic/WomensStudies/ReadingRoom/History/Vote/75-suffragists.html

Nov 17                    Topics: Depression and War; Discuss American Life Histories
                               Woloch 241-75, 281-315
                               Website: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/wpaintro/wpahome.html
 
Nov 24                   Discuss: American Women in a World at War
                               Readings: Litoff and Smith xi-232
                              Critical review due
 
Dec 1                     Topics: Women and Social Protest; Feminism Since the Seventies
                              Readings: Woloch, 362-91
                              Website: http://www.feminist.org/research/chronicles/part2.html
                              http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/wlm

Dec 8                     Final Examination
 

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