Women in American Society from the Civil War to First World War

Module code: HS3680

This module starts with the examination of women's contribution to the civil war effort on both sides, and women's place in the economy, education and social reform. The focus will shift between an examination of white middle-class women's experiences, to women of African American and immigrant backgrounds.

You’ll be identifying and delving into these issues, which will include the ‘separation of spheres’ and the 19th century ideals of femininity. You’ll also be investigating the culmination of two long-running female campaigns for reform – the demand for the vote and the temperance crusade.

During this module you’ll consider the theoretical issues raised by the study of women in history, and gender history too. Primary source material will be used to present a variety of women’s voices, and how they were influenced by class, race and politics.

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