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Women in Modern America (HIST 2242)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course explores women's leadership on the civic stage from 1865 to the present. Major themes include leadership in passing civil rights amendments to the Constitution; Women's Christian Temperance Union, the moderate reformers who built communities all over America; the radical women who ran for local, state, and national political office; women's leadership for economic justice in Minnesota from the 1860s-WWI; Nonpartisan Leaguers and Farmer Laborites 1924-1944; leadership in the development of mothers' pensions and welfare; women in the Holocaust; women fighters in the Civil Rights Movement; indigenous women in struggle; and the idealists of the 1960s and 1970s. The extensive use of original documents for reading and discussion will enhance your skills in the interpretation of historical documents.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical Methods
2. 19th Century Reformers
3. Women in the Progressive Era
4. Women in the era of the World Wars
5. The Women's Rights Movement after 1945
6. Women in Recent History and Today

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 after 1865

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

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility