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HIS-261-20, Hist Women's Suffrage/America (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: Paula Rangel

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Saturday/12:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (10/25/14-12/13/14)


-This course is a comprehensive exploration of the Suffrage Movement in America as well as the influence of the British Suffrage Movement.  The main period being covered will be 1848-1920 when suffrage was passed in August of 1920.  The course will explore the period leading up to the beginning of the Women’s Movement.  We will also explore the period after and its influence in today’s world.  We will be looking at the political, social-economic, gender, class and racial underpinnings leading up to the Suffrage Movement and the uprising of women throughout the country and their fight to obtain the vote. 

-Uses primary and secondary sources to examine the struggle for women's suffrage from the colonial period to the 20th century. Focuses on suffrage leaders and the strategies they implemented to secure the right to vote for American women, with attention paid to racial and class differences. Fulfills general education requirements in history and gender studies. [3 credits]


-          a comprehensive knowledge of the Suffrage Movement in the United States

-          examine the role of gender, class and race

-          ability to analyze historical texts and sources

-          a richer understanding of the political, social-economic and cultural climate leading up to the Suffrage Movement

-          understanding the strategies used in fighting for Suffrage both in the U.S. and the British Suffrage Movements

-          becoming familiar with the important movers within the Movement

-          examining the differences within the Movement

-          a clear understanding of the many facets and obstacles in gaining the right to vote

-          examining the long-term effect of the Suffrage Movement


Lecture/internet (web enhanced)/hand-outs/documentaries/films


-Must not miss the first day of class – contact me with reference to this if there is a problem

-Attendance important and no more than one absence is permitted; if you are going to miss a class, it must be documented.  You are responsible for obtaining information from the missed class from obtaining notes from a classmate.

-The grading scale is: 96-100 = A+; 90-95 = A; 85-89 = B+; 80-84 = B; 75-79 = C+; 70-74 = C; 60-69 = D; 0-59 = F

-“A” level work is for excellent and exceptional work.  “B” level work is for above average work.  “C” level work is for average work.  “D” level work is for below average work. “F” level work is work that fails to meet any level of understanding and effort on assignments.


-Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited, Jean H. Baker (Ed.), Oxford University Press

-A Woman’s Crusade:  Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, Mary Walton, Palgrave MacMillan

-Any additional readings or videos or web sites will be posted on Blackboard if applicable


-Votes for Women:  The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited, Jean H. Baker, Introduction and Chapter 1

-Explore website: http://www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/