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Undergraduate Course: Women in American History: from Pocahontas to the Presidential Election (LLLE07018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

From Pocahontas to the 2008 Presidential election, this course will use case studies to explore the lives of women in their own words, and to assess the changing experience of women in American history.
Course description Content of course
1. Pocahontas and Native American Women in Early America
2. "A Loving Mother and Obedient Wife": Anne Bradstreet and Women in Puritan New England
3. "Remember the Ladies": Abigail Adams, the American Revolution and Republican Motherhood
4. Harriet Tubman, Antebellum Slavery and Abolitionism
5. "All Men and Women Are Created Equal": Elizabeth Cady Stanton and First Wave Feminism
6. Mary Chestnut and Women during the Civil War Era
7. "Let Us Have the Rights we Deserve": Alice Paul, Suffrage, and the Roaring ┐20s
8. "We Can Do It!": Rosie the Riveter and Women in the Second World War
9. "The Feminine Mystique": Betty Friedan and Second Wave Feminism
10. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit" and "Hockey Moms": Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Women and Politics in 21st century America
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. compare and contrast the experience of American women according to geography, race and class;
  2. assess the extent to which the featured women were, and were not, representative of other women during their period;
  3. evaluate the reshaping of women┐s roles in American society;
  4. engage critically with primary and secondary sources;
  5. demonstrate the above points in the assessment.
Reading List
Evans, S. M., 1997. Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America. New York: Free Press. Norton, M. B. and Alexander, R., 1996. Major Problems in American Women┐s History: Documents and Essays. Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath.
Berkin, C., 1996. First Generations: Women in Colonial America. New York: Hill and Wang.
Berkin, C., 2006. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America┐s Independence. New York: Vintage.
Chafe, W., 1991. The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th century. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cott, N. F., 1977. The Bonds of Womanhood: ┐Woman┐s Sphere┐ in New England, 1780-1835. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
Cott, N. F., 2000. No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Fox-Genovese, E., 1988. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press.
Frieden, B., 1965. The Feminine Mystique. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Kleinberg, S. J. 1990. Women in American society, 1820-1920. Brighton: British Association for American Studies.
Ulrich, L. T., 1982. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. New York: Knopf.
Web sources
American Women┐s History: A Research Guide:
Anne Bradstreet, Poems:
Martha Ballard┐s Diary Online:
Women┐s Rights National Historical Park:
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
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Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMiss Zofia Guertin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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