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

INSTRUCTOR: Paula Rangel

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Saturday/8:30-11:15 a.m.

CONTENT:

This course will be an extensive study of the dynamics of the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement. This Movement covers the period of 1848-1920. However, this course will explore the period before this and after as to the ramifications of why suffrage was needed and the political success of suffrage for women’s rights to the present. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Dynamics of Women’s social movements both in the U.S. and Great Britain      

2. Diversity of women’s experiences and contributions in the fight for suffrage

3. Women’s rights throughout the colonial period

4. Political engagement by women throughout the suffrage period

5. Organizational skill of the suffragists needed to achieve suffrage

6. Major suffragists in the two parts of the movement

METHODS:

Web-enhanced:  articles and sites on suffrage

Lecture

Videos

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Research Paper & Class Presentation - 35%

Mid Term - 25%

Final - 25%

Participation - 15%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Dubois, Carol Ellen, Feminism and Suffrage:  The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America, 1848-1869, 1999

-McMillan, Sally G., Seneca Falls and the Origin of the Women’s Right Movement, 2009 (reprint)

-Walton, Mary, A Woman’s Crusade:  Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, 2010

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:

Collins, Gail, America’s Women: 400 years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, 1st edition 2007

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

http://www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/resources/index.html

Please read the first three essays at the PBS website on the documentary by Ken Burns on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 

1. Quakers: 19th Century Reform by J. William Frost

2. Cult of True Womanhood by Jeanne Boydston

3. American History’s Best Kept Secret by Sally Roesch Wagner