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Women in Early America (HIST 2241)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course studies women's experience from the 1600s to the Civil War. Major themes include: women writing and publishing the debates about democracy; women's work during the Revolutionary War; resistance to colonization by indigenous women of Seminole, Creek, Cherokee, and Anishinabe nations; women's founding of community service, educational and reform organizations; and women's leadership from the 1830s through the 1860s in the social movement to abolish slavery. The class will read original documents (biography, letters, newspapers, speeches and pamphlets) to interpret the laws intended to keep women in slavery and indentured servitude. You will discover how women created resistance and fought for justice.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical Methods
2. Indigenous Women and Resistance
3. Colonial Women
4. Women in the Revolutionary War
5. Women in the Early United States
6. Women and the Conflict over Slavery

Learning Outcomes:
1. Evaluate primary documents as a way to understand the past
2. Evaluate secondary sources as a way to understand the past
3. Construct historical arguments using evidence
4. Understand the themes, people, and events important to the history of women in America before 1865

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

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