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US Women's History to 1865, American Women's History, to 1865 (303-1-20)


Susan Pearson
Harris Hall - Room 338
Susan Pearson is a cultural and intellectual historian of the United States.

Meeting Info


Overview of class

This course is a survey of U.S. women's history from colonial settlement through 1865. It focuses not only women's experiences and activities in the past but also on how constructions of gender have been critical to American political and economic development.
As we march through time we will survey not only different ways of thinking about women and gender in the past, but we will also pay attention to how the category of "woman" has been fractured by the differences in status and experience that result from divisions of class, race, region, religion, and ethnicity.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be expected to understand how gendered construction of womanhood have changed over time and intersected with other categories of difference. They will understand not only women's role in early American history, but also how gender as a category has been used to structure social institutions and political order.

Evaluation Method

Weekly writing responses, final paper.

Class Materials (Required)

Rosemarie Zagarri, Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), paperback, ISBN 978-0812220735
Deborah Gray White, Ar'n't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South, Revised Edition (Norton, 1999), paperback, ISBN 978-0393314816

Class Notes

History Area of Concentration: Americas

Class Attributes

Historical Studies Distro Area

Associated Classes

DIS - Kresge Centennial Hall 2-425: Thurs, 11:00AM - 11:50AM

DIS - Kresge Centennial Hall 2-425: Thurs, 12:00PM - 12:50PM

DIS - Kresge Centennial Hall 2-435: Thurs, 2:00PM - 2:50PM