American Women in Public, 1776-1876
Matt Gallman Office: Keene-Flint 203
T 10:40-11:50; Th 10:40-12:35 Office hours Tues 2:00-4:00
The nineteenth century was a fascinating time of flux for many American women. Despite commonly acknowledged cultural rules limiting the public behavior of women, various individuals and groups challenged these dominant gender norms in all sorts of arenas. This semester we will explore a variety of ways in which women entered the public arena during this period. Lectures and discussion topics will range from activists and reformers, to novelists and orators, to slave owners and the enslaved, to seamstresses and mill workers.
This course will depend heavily on student preparation and participation. Very few class meetings will be organized as traditional lectures. Most classes will emphasize the close readings of assigned texts or documents, often depending on the efforts of student leaders or presenters.
Because this is a new course, some assignments will be developed or changed as the semester develops.
The readings in this course are quite heavy. You will be reading eight books, several articles, and quite a few documents. The books (listed below) should be available at Goering’s Bookstore. Additional essays and documents will be announced as the semester progresses.
You are expected to attend all classes, prepared to discuss the assigned readings. I will take roll fairly regularly, and more than two absences will adversely affect your grade. You should also come to class with notes on the assigned readings. These notes should include discussion topics to raise in class as well as any questions that you might have. You will have regular open note quizzes on the readings.
On several occasions you will be called on to present material to the class or to help lead discussion. On these occasions you should be particularly well-prepared for class.
Class Lead Discussions
Students will be divided into six groups (A through E) to help lead the Thursday discussions. These discussions should be based upon the assigned readings, but they could incorporate additional documents or materials. Student groups should read their assigned book well in advance of the date, and meet with each other to discuss their discussions. Student groups are also required to meet with me prior to their discussion day.
You will also write a final take-home examination based on the assigned readings and class discussions/lectures.
· Quizzes on readings 10
· Participation, Presentations, Leading Class 30
· final essay 20
missed classes or absences will result in reduced grades
Please do not hesitate to contact the instructor during the semester if you have any individual concerns or issues that need to be discussed. Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office (http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drp/). The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation.
The following books should be available at Goering’s bookstore.
Additional readings are noted below or will be
announced as the semester progresses
Class Meetings and Assignments
WOMEN IN PUBLIC
This is a three page letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams,
March 31, 1776.
Judith Sargent Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790)
Edenton Ladies' Tea Party (British cartoon)
Susannah Rowson, Charlotte Temple
BONDS OF WOMANHOOD
Nancy Cott, Bonds of Womanhood
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUP A
THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN FEMINISM
Virginia Bernhard and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, editors, The Birth of American Feminism, pp. 1-100.
SHORT ESSAY #1 DUE ON DAY OF PRESENTATION
Virginia Bernhard and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, editors, The Birth of American Feminism, pp. 101-228.
SHORT ESSAY #1 DUE ON DAY OF PRESENTATION
WORKING CLASS WOMEN
Thomas Dublin, ed., Farm to Factory
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUP B
THE SLAVE SOCIETY
Melton McLaurin, Celia, A Slave
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUP C
WOMEN ON THE WESTWARD MIGRATION
Jeffrey, Frontier Women: The Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1880
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUP D
March 14-16 - spring break
PAPER #2 DUE IN CLASS
THE CIVIL WAR
Alcott, Hospital Sketches
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUP E
Susie King Taylor, Memoirs
DISCUSSION LEADERS – GROUPS F
THE IMPACT OF THE CIVIL WAR?
PRIVATE WRITINGS, PUBLIC WORLDS