Sample Past Course Outline
HISTORY 215.02 - COURSE OUTLINE
WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
SPRING TERM 2002
Professor F. Hutton
-Not Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Geoffrey Ward, editor.
-The Privot of Civilization in Historical Perspective: The Birth Control Issue by Margaret Sanger, Michael W. Perry, editor.
-What Women Want by Patricia Ireland. (Please note: Also see suggested reading list at the end of this course outline.)
Course Description: The changing role and status of women in American Society from colonial times to the present.
Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement.
Course Objectives and Method of Organization: To introduce students to a variety of the literature, issues,
controversies and contributions of women as related to their history in America. Students enrolled in the course will also
be made aware of key issues, controversies and problems connected with the uplift and progress of the status of women
in America. The course will be organized through a triad of theme, chronology and biography and will encompass
lecture, discussion, film and the oral presentation of experts and research from primary sources by students.
Summary of Work Required: 4 items. Pass two exams; make one oral report, complete one memorized recitation in
The oral report: Each student will make one oral report based on adequate primary and secondary sources. The
report is not required to be submitted, but a one-paragraph summary and 4-item bibliography of the oral research report
is required and must be submitted to the professor. The oral report to be presented in class should be timed to about 5
minutes, not to exceed 7 minutes. Both the oral research report and the recitation should be concerned with a issue,
problem or contribution of a particular female to women's history. The difference between the oral report and the
recitation is that the oral report is to be based on research of several sources and should be presented (not read) with
notes, illustrations, handouts, etc. The recitation is to be memorized and timed.
Schedule of oral reports: Jan. 31st - students whose last names begin A-L will make their reports on such topics as
Puritan women, Black women in slavery, the abolitionists, factory work, early suffragists, etc. - those topics covered in
the first half of the course. On March 28th, students whose last names begin M-Z will make their oral reports. Students
reporting in the first batch (A-L) will focus their reports on women and issues up to 1900 and students reporting in the
second batch (March 28th) will focus their reports on more current topics after 1900 such as Birth Control, the Equal
Rights Amendment, NOW and other women's rights organizations, Roe vs. Wade, women in mass media, rape, domestic
abuse, and gender issues, etc.
Recitations: The recitation assignment involves MEMORIZING lines from a famous speech or document written by a
historically significant female. For this assignment, students are to carefully select lines, time the lines to between 50
and 60 seconds and present these in class in a formal recitation or "speech". All recitations to be done on February 7th.
Topics to be approved by professor.
Students are also required to take and pass two exams on required reading and lecture material. It is therefore essential
for students to take copious notes from lectures, discussions and films. Each item of course work required work will
count equally - that is 4 items, each counting 25% of the final grade. In the event that a third exam, (optional and
comprehensive), is offered each item will then count 20% of the total grade. Exam dates to be announced.
Topical Session Schedule:
Week One Orientation/ European Origins of Feminism
Olympe de Gouges, George Sand, Mary Wollstonecraft
Week Two Colonial Women/ Puritan Women/ Cottons Mather's views
Week Three Black Women in Slavery/ Free Black Women/ Abolition
Week Four Declaration of Sentiments (1948)
Elisabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott
Week Five Women in Reform and Utopian Movements
Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Others
Week Six Women at work in America: During the American Revolution
Factory Work from 1815-1860, in the field, The Industrial Era
Week Seven Birth Control/ Margaret Sander
Week Eight Health Issues and Abuse: Cancer, Heart Disease, Domestic Violence, Rape
Equal Suffrage Amendment (1920)
Week Nine Contemporary Women's Movement: NOW
What Women Want by Patricia Ireland
Week Ten Eleanor Roosevelt - See Film
Week Eleven Equal Rights Amendment (1972)
Week Twelve Women in Mass Media, Radio, Television and Motion Pictures, etc.
- Double Life of George Sand: Woman and Writer - A Critical Biography by Renee Winegarten
- Olympe de Gouges by Oliver Blanc
- Women's America: Refocusing the Past, edited by Linda Kerber and Jane DeHart
- Honey Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor, edited by Daryl Cumber Dance
- Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women by Susan Faludi
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume One 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
- Raising Her Voice: African American Women Journalists Who Changed History by Roger Streitmatter
- Witchcraft in Salem by Chadwick Hansen
- Women Transforming Communications: Global Intersections, edited by Donna Allen, Ramona Rush and
Susan J. Kaufman
- We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America by Barbara Mayer Wertheimer
- The War Against Women by Marilin French
- Ida Wells Barnette: An Exploratory Study of An American Black Woman, 1893-1930 by Mildred
- Outsiders in 19th Century Press History: Multicultural Perspectives, edited by Frankie Hutton and Barbara
- Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life by Janet Todd
- Shedding: Literally Dreaming by Verena Stefan
- The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism by Robin Morgan