Spring, 2012 Dr. Sue Gonda
Office Hour: Wed 6:15-7 AL 336; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone # (other than during Office Hour): 644-7875
SDSU WS 341B: HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN, 1880 – PRESENT
(1) DuBois & Dumenil, Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents 2 (orange) edition
(2) COURSE READER – Available at KB Books Only
(3) Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
(4) Houston, Farewell to Manzanar
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES, OR GOALS OF THIS CLASS:
As a result of taking this class, students will be able to:
Situate women’s experiences, historical institutions and events within specific eras in American history
Analyze the human experience with a feminist and critical gendered analysis
Differentiate amongst the experiences of diverse women as their positions are affected by race, social class
and free, indentured or slave status
Examine the cultural institutions that determine the material circumstances of women’s lives (religion, law,
medicine and so on…)
Analyze how cultural and gendered norms and ideals impact diverse women’s lives (e.g.: patriarchy,
heteronormativity, notions of what is normal and abnormal and so on…)
Explain ways in which social institutions have limited women’s power and authority
Recognize ways in which women have resisted and rebelled against social, cultural & political institutions
Recognize how women have formed separate institutions, ways of being and communities within these
Develop and apply your critical thinking and writing skills
Recognize and analyze present-day gendered relations
Analyze primary source documents, acquiring critical writing and analytical skills
This course is one of two courses (WS 341A and 341B) you may choose to take to fulfill the American Institutions
requirement for your General Education at SDSU. Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Article 5, Section
40404 requires that all students demonstrate an understanding of American history, the United States
Constitution, and California state and local government.
(1) Midterm and Final (T=300 pts) You may use notes on 3x5 or 4x6 cards during the tests. MAKE-UP
Exams: can only be made up within ONE week after test. You must contact me immediately when you miss a
test. The make-up tests are more extensive than the in-class exams.
(2) Plagiarism quiz (50 pts). Based on the Powerpoint presentation on the SDSU website. See Week 1
below; due Week 4.
(3) Blackboard Group DISCUSSIONS: (200-300 pts)
(4) Primary Source Analysis (100 pts)
A “primary source” is any document, letter, newspaper article, photos, drawings, object, etc. created during a particular
historical period. It is something by and for the people at that time in the past--a first-hand source from that time and place
in history, produced by someone in that moment in the history. NOTE: A book or website written by someone who has
researched the topic is NOT A PRIMARY SOURCE. That is a SECONDARY SOURCE: you are getting the information
second-hand by someone in your own time, not directly first-hand from someone in the past who was living in the historical
(3) ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (OR CBSL) (150 pts) and PRESENTATION (100 pts): Attached is the
handout with specific instructions. This 7-8 page paper is NOT a narrative-style essay. An annotated
bibliography describes sources about a particular topic. Your Topic Commitment, with four (4) complete
citations and three questions you hope to answer about this topic is DUE WEEK 5 (A citation = a formal
way, using MLA format, providing author, title, publisher, year of publication. Consult a librarian if you do not
know how to do this!)
Topic Commitment Due WEEK 5 (50 pts)
Annotated Bibliography Paper Due WEEK 10
Presentation Criteria will be discussed in class and found on Blackboard. (Presented last weeks of class)
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICE LEARNING: Get handout on Bb or Week 1 in class. A limited number of
students may apply to participate in one of two Community Service Learning Projects. If selected, you are
exonerated from the annotated bibliography described above. In lieu of that research paper, you must perform a
minimum of 20 volunteer hours with either (1) The Women’s Museum or S.D. Women’s Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony, (2) The Young Women’s Studies Club at Hoover High School, (3) SDSU Safe Zones.
REQUIREMENTS: (1) Get handout for your CBSL assignment; (2) keep a journal of your volunteer experiences;
(3) type a 4-5 page reflection paper at the end of the semester. Details will be given during class. A one-page,
double-spaced “plan and update” is due Week 5.
LATE Work: I will accept late papers up to one week late only, but they will be marked down, regardless of the
excuse. 1 day late: 5 points off; 2 -7 days late: 8 points off. (Theoretically, ANY excuse is a good one, so I
cannot be in a position to judge.)
EXTRA CREDIT: Will be offered throughout the semester. Each opportunity is worth 10 points for up to a total of
30 points during the semester. All x-credit assignment are due one week from the announcement. NO LATE
SUBMISSIONS for extra credit. To get credit, turn in 1-1/2 to 2 pages, typed and double spaced, about what you
learned and how it clarified some aspect of women’s history, answering the question(s) I give you when I assign
the extra credit. If directly related to a week’s topic, give specific details that were mentioned in both class and in
the x-credit assignment.
IN-CLASS STANDARDS FOR BEHAVIOR:
Attendance: Once you are in class, it is disruptive to get up and leave and come back. If you have an
emergency, or if you know you must leave early, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Talking: Side conversations or running commentary between students about class material or anything
else during class is disruptive and distracting to all of us, and you will be asked to leave after one warning.
Cell phones: MUST be turned off or set at the silent mode at the start of class. Please put all cell
phones and pagers securely away in your bag so you aren’t tempted to check text messages or anything
else. Anyone caught text-messaging or otherwise using cell phones or other electronic devices in
class will be asked to leave for the remainder of the class!
NO laptop/iPad use in class. Unfortunately, too many students use their computers for their own
distractions in class, thereby distracting both the instructor and students around them.
Academic Honesty: Cheating and Plagiarism
You are free to discuss ideas and strategies for approaching assignments with others, but with the exception of
in-class group work, students must complete their own work individually. Using other people’s work in any form
and passing it off as your own will result in disciplinary action. You must always give credit for ideas from other
sources (including the Web), even if you are not citing word for word. My standard course of action is to report
students whom I believe have cheated to the Judicial Procedures Office. In addition to the academic penalty (an
F), the Judicial Procedures Office may decide upon additional sanctions such as expulsion. For more information,
see the chapter on plagiarism in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. You are plagiarizing or cheating when you:
for written work, copy down or cut anything from a book, article or website and add or paste it into your
paper without using quotation marks and/or without providing the full reference for the quotation, including
for written work, summarize / paraphrase in your own words ideas you got from a book, article, or the web
without providing the full reference for the source, including page number
for an oral presentation, copy down or cut anything from a book, article, or website and present it orally as
if it were your own words. You must summarize and paraphrase in your own words, and bring a list of
references in case the professor asks to see it
use visuals or graphs you got from a book, article, or website without providing the full reference for the
picture or table
recycle a paper you wrote for another class
turn in the same (or a very similar paper) for two classes
purchase or otherwise obtain a paper and turn it in as your own work
copy off of a classmate
In a research paper, it is always better to include too many references than not enough. When in doubt, always
err on the side of caution. If you have too many references it might make your professor smile; if you don’t have
enough you might be suspected of plagiarism.
Consequences of cheating and plagiarism
Consequences are at the instructor’s and the Judicial Procedures Office’s discretion. Instructors are mandated by
the CSU system to report the offense to the Judicial Procedures Office. Consequences may include any of the
failing the assignment
failing the class
For more detailed information, read the chapter on plagiarism in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research
Papers (6 edition, 2003); visit the following website http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml and
talk to your professors before turning in your paper or doing your oral presentation if anything remains unclear.
The University of Indiana has very helpful writing hints for students, including some on how to cite sources.
Please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets.shtml for more information.
(thanks to Prof. Donaday for this verbiage)
How to read for this course:
Read the introductions and conclusions of the essays or chapters first and read them closely. When you read,
read for argument. Determine the author’s main themes and main argument. The editors of your books give you
these in the chapter introductions, but you will learn how to extract these yourself as you read. Keep the weekly
questions in mind as you read: these help you focus the ideas and extract the most important information.
WEEK 1 (1/18): 19 Century Legacy: Women’s Culture, Women’s Sphere & Widening Horizons; Late 19
Century Restlessness and the Middle Class
PLAGIARISM QUIZ: Do online Powerpoint presentation by 2/8 (WK 4): Take this tutorial & quiz and receive a 1-page
score on screen that you print and submit to me as proof of completion. For this class, a passing grade is 100% or
one wrong. Keep taking the test until you get the full 50 points! One wrong is 45 points.
Go to: http://infotutor.sdsu.edu/plagiarism/index.cfm
WEEK 2 (1/25): Institution-Building, College-Educated Women, & Women Transforming the Public Sphere
READ: Coursepack Reader: Jacob, “She Couldn’t Have Done It . . .Lizzie Borden.” DuBois Ch 6
Questions to focus your reading: 1- What qualities of middle-class womanhood, described in lecture &
reading, do you see in Lizzie Borden? Why was Borden, according to the author, acquitted? Question
2- Women were transforming the “public sphere” in a variety of ways at the end of the 19 century:
Provide several different examples of how middle-class women empowered themselves to step beyond
the boundaries of home & family.
WEEK 3 (2/1): An Expanding Nation: Women in the West and Immigrant Women
READ: Coursepack Reader: Sanchez, “Go After the Women;” DuBois Ch 7
HINT: BEGIN READING FOR WEEKS 7 & 9 AHEAD OF TIME. Note the questions to focus your
reading under Week 7 and Week 9
NOTE: You should find some similarities between our economic crisis in the US today and what
happened in the 1890s. After massive immigration and the consolidation of the Western US with the more
established Eastern states, the US experienced the worst Depression up to that point. “Discontented
immigrants, farmers, and wage workers found ways to challenge what they saw as a failure of America’s
democratic promise, notably the unequal distribution of America’s new wealth and the unwillingness of
the two established political parties to offer any vision of a better social and political path.” (391)
Question to focus your reading: What were women’s activities from a variety of backgrounds and locations
under these conditions?
WEEK 4 (2/8): Politics and Life for Progressive Era Women; The First Feminist Movement (The Vote!)
Plagiarism Quiz must be done by tonight.
READ: Coursepack Reader: Muncy, “The Ambiguous Legacies of Women’s Progressivism;” DuBois: Ch 8
Questions to focus your reading: (1) In what activities during the Progressive Era (1890-1920) did women
meet with success? Why? (2) What theories about women (women’s role, maternalism, feminism) and
about race were embraced by activists and unions? How did some of those theories hinder women’s
quest for equality? (don’t forget visual sources in your evidence)
WEEK 5 (2/15): The Roaring ‘20s: New Morality, Birth Control, and Contrasts of the 1920s
PAPER TOPIC COMMITMENT OR CSL “Plan & Update” DUE*see attached Get Study Guide for Midterm
READ: Coursepack Reader: 1-D’Emilio & Freedman, “Morals and Manners in the 1920s;” 2-“Singing the Blues”
lyrics; 3-Peiss, “Charity Girls;” and 4-Blee, “The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana.” DuBois: 520-535
NOTE: The 1920s were a time of contrasts in American politics and culture—a burst of liberal ideas about
sexuality; yet conservative Republican presidents emphasized morality and big business. There was also a
public, violent, widespread backlash against immigrants and blacks who migrated to northern cities. After WW I
more African-Americans traveled into the North than at any other time in American history.
Questions to focus your reading: (1) Describe examples from the readings of the positive aspects to the
bursts of energies in the 1920s. How did women create, or participate in, these changes? (2) Describe
examples of negative actions and effects during the 1920s, and how women created, or participated in,
(NOTE: You should be reading for WEEKS 7 & 9 ahead of time.
Note the questions to focus your reading under Week 7 and Week 9)
WEEK 6 (2/22): Women and the Great Depression Midterm – Bring Blue Book and Scantron
READ: DuBois 535-545; 563-569; 576-583
WEEK 7 (2/29): World War II
READ: Houston, Farewell to Manzanar
BUT FIRST Also READ: DuBois: 545-555 (hint: Houston’s book and the questions below will make much
more sense to you when you read DuBois first) (bring the book to class for discussion)
Questions to focus your reading: (1) How did internment affect the traditions and roles of both Issei and
Nisei women? (2) Daughters of immigrants often find themselves caught between two identities—that of
their parents’ culture and that of mainstream U.S. What were examples from readings that reveal this
dual identity in female characters? What were examples of how young Nisei women like Jeanne
embraced or rejected American culture to cope with their dual identity?
WEEK 8 (3/7): 1950s: Cold War, Conformity & Gender Roles FILM: “Seeds of the ‘60s”
READ: DuBois: 588-609; 628-648
REMINDER: You should be reading Coming of Age. See focus questions below under Week 9.
WEEK 9 (3/14): Civil Rights: African-American Women
READ: Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi. Don’t forget to bring the book to class.
Questions to focus your reading: (1) What individuals and major turning points in Moody’s life propelled
her into civil rights activism? (why?) (2) How does Moody’s coming-of-age experience compare with
Jeanne Wakatsuki’s? Compare and contrast their: generational differences with their parents (their
different outlook about race and their own identity from their parents), the ways they thought of
themselves as young women, and the ways they embraced—or rejected—aspects of their racial identity.
WEEK 10 (3/21): Civil Rights, Continued –Chicanas and American Indians
Annotated Bibliography Due.
READ: Coursepack Reader: Chapter from Women in American Indian Society; and Ruiz,
from Out of the Shadows; DuBois 610-623;
NOTE: The slogan that came out of the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement was “The Personal is Political.”
That slogan could easily have been used by women in various rights movements dating back to the 1800s. The
slogan meant that events women endured on a daily basis—things they believed were simply personal
encounters—were actually symptoms of discrimination that was so wide-spread that people took it for granted.
For instance, a woman ignored by salesmen in the Stereo Department of a store thinks only she is ignored – not
all women. An Asian mother and daughter in a chain restaurant is kept waiting 20 minutes before a waiter takes
their order. Several Chicanas in a new car are pulled over in a nice neighborhood because a turn signal was not
used. When women like these got together among friends and discussed these incidents, they realized that these
seemingly personal stories were connected to larger political stories—of civil rights and women’s rights.
Questions to focus your reading: Give examples from the readings that reveal how “the personal is
political.” In other words, what important every-day encounters or realities from American Indian,
Chicana (and African American) lives prompted them to become activists on behalf of their people?
Another way of thinking about it: how did their personal experiences guide their political action? (2) What
were their specific demands?
SPRING BREAK 3/26 – 4/1
WEEK 11 (4/4): Second Wave Feminist Movement
Questions to focus your reading: (1) What movements paved the way for the second wave of feminism in the
‘60s & ‘70s? How? (2) What were the different visions of feminism, depending upon race/ethnicity and
socio-economic class? (3) Give examples of the difference between the women’s rights movement,
explified by NOW, and the women’s liberation movement (focusing on conditions of women in society).
WEEK 12 (4/11): Women-Identified Women: History of Lesbian Identities
READ: DuBois: 677-684; Coursepack Reader: Davis & Kennedy, “Oral History . . . Lesbian Community;”
Faderman, “Lesbians in the ‘80s;” articles from Utne Reader
Note: These articles describe different group identities lesbians created, beginning in the 1930s. (“identity” = ways
of being, personaes, or ways of relating one’s self to others) Keep in mind that not all lesbians participated in
these ideas—preferring instead to go about their private lives without a sense of community and choosing their
friends carefully for their discretion. Lesbians have needed community because many lost their families when
they came out. They create new “families” within the community where they feel safe to be themselves.
Questions to focus your reading: Young lesbians of the ‘90s had some similarities and some big
differences from their counterparts 30-40 years earlier. (1) How have lesbians created identities for
themselves? (2) What are some examples of ways that group ideas about lesbian identity changed over
time? (3) What historical cultural or political factors have influenced how lesbians identify themselves?
WK 13 (4/18): Issues: the ‘80s &‘90s: Family, Feminization of Poverty, and Women’s Health
READ: Coursepack Reader: Articles on women’s health – “Women Are Different;” “Minorities Are
Underserved;” “Dying to Win;” and “Who Isn’t on a Diet?”
“Researching women’s health issues requires more than a knowledge of female anatomy and systems; you must
consider how American culture, economics, and technology shapes women’s lives in ways that affect their
Questions to focus your reading: (1) From these readings, what are some examples of culture, economics,
and technology that affect women’s health today? (2) What are the connections between trends in
women’s ideal bodies—and ideal female role -- and women’s health?
WEEK 14 (4/25) Presentations: Attendance Mandatory Get Study Guide for the Final
WEEK 15 (5/2) Presentations : Attendance Mandatory Alternative Assignment Paperwork Due
FINAL MEETING (5/9) 7-9 pm: Final. Presentations : Attendance Mandatory
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WS 341: DIRECTIONS FOR THE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
341B: AFTER 1880
Each student selects a topic they think would be a valuable supplement to the existing lecture material in
The focus of this paper is to evaluate 6 sources--2 primary and 4 secondary sources
You focus your evaluation of the sources with 3 questions you turned in for your topic commitment.
o For ONE of your questions, you should fill in the appropriate information for the following:
How does (fill in: person, topic, event – whatever the case is) help me to understand the
role of women in the US, given (fill in: the specific era in history, age, race/ethnicity,
socio-economic class, and/or geographical area)?
Paper is 7-8 pages
Primary sources may be Internet sources, but not secondary
No encyclopedias or dictionaries as sources (this includes online encyclopedias) except with prior
Use MLA Style for your complete citations
Intro and Conclusion should be double spaced
Single space the body of the paper—the annotated bibliography.
INTRODUCTION – roughly 1-1/2 to 2 double spaced pages
A. Pretend you are preparing a lecture for this course: American Women’s History. Your three
questions will help you focus your lecture. State your rationale for including a lecture on the topic,
arguing reasons for its importance for understanding the era, location and particular women involved.
B. State the main questions you are answering about the topic (you turned these in with your topic
commitment), because they are the main points you would make in the lecture.
C. Note WHICH women are included in your study and those who are not. Note how their social class,
race/thnicity, regional location, religion, sexualities and so on help shape their experiences.
THE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY – 1 paragraph to 1+ page per source, single spaced
A. PRIMARY SOURCES (sources from the era – first person accounts): List each source
separately, giving its full bibliographic information (author, title, publisher, place and year of
CITATION EXAMPLE: Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine. 1984. New York: Perennial-Harper, 1993.
(This book is a primary source for a topic in the 1980s. The book was reprinted in 1993)
After citing the source, do all of the following:
What is the unique info – specific details, examples, quotes from this source that answers one or more of
your questions? (If it does not answer a question, then it is not a valid source for this assignment)
Is this source consistent with other sources you’re using, or does it contradict facts of other sources? It’s
OK if you find different viewpoints—that’s a valid point for you to state.
NOTE: do not state that it is interesting, boring, etc. This is not a book review.
B. SECONDARY SOURCES (books & articles by historians: Like the primary sources, list
each source separately with the full citation and do all of the following:
CITATION EXAMPLE: Palmer, William J. The Films of the Eighties: A Social History. Carbondale: Southern
Illinois UP, 1993.
What are the author’s main theses, points, or main arguments, in this source? What overall message(s)
does the author want to convey? (Find this with a close reading of the author’s Intro & Conclusion)
What is the author’s point of view? How is the author’s main ideas about the topic similar to, or
different from, your other sources? Is this source consistent with other sources you’re using, or does it
contradict facts of other sources? It’s OK if you find different viewpoints—that’s a valid point for you to
state. (Note: The YEAR of the source might make a difference. For instance, interpretations about
historical events change over time. This is called “historiography.” Historians during the Cold War, the
Feminist Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, or the Vietnam War, all had their viewpoint affected by
those events as they wrote their analysis of a historical event. So, in your case, how was the author’s
attitude toward the topic affected by the events of the decade she/he was writing? )
What is the unique info – specific details, examples, quotes from this source that answers one or more of
your questions? (If it does not answer a question, then it is not a valid source for this assignment)
NOTE: do not state that it is interesting, boring, etc. This is not a book review.
CONCLUSION – ½ - 1 PAGE DOUBLE SPACED
Summarize the main findings that you highlighted about your topic. Then state what the facts of your
“lecture” teach us about women’s lives, women’s roles, and the perceptions of women at the place and time of
your topic. What does your “lecture” teach us about women of different ethnic or class backgrounds? In other
words, your topic teaches us two things (1) specific details about a specific topic (i.e., about the beginning of
nursing as a profession at the end of the 19 century), and (2) something more general about women’s history,
i.e., women’s roles and attitudes about women after World War II and the impact of World War II upon women’s
Check grammar and punctuation
Give not only details about each source, but WHY the source HELPS EXPLAIN the details. You want to
convey why each source and its info is important for your lecture. IF THE SOURCE IS NOT HELPFUL,
THEN IT’S NOT VALID TO SAY THAT. FIND ANOTHER SOURCE THAT IS HELPFUL. EVEN IF IT
CONTRADICTS YOUR OTHER SOURCES, IT’S USEFUL TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVES ABOUT YOUR QUESTIONS.
Remember that you need to understand what was going on in the United States at that time that affected
your topic. USE YOUR TEXT BOOK AND GOOGLE U.S. CULTURE AND POLITICS DURING THE
DECADE YOU’RE STUDYING. Find out what affected your topic; do the same for the period that had an
affect on your secondary source authors.
TOPIC COMMITMENT OR CBSL “PLAN & UPDATE”
DUE WEEK 5
Your Topic Commitment includes
five (5) complete citations (A citation = a formal way, using MLA format, providing author, title,
publisher, year of publication. Consult a librarian if you do not know how to do this!)
three (3) questions you hope to answer about this topic
ONE of your questions should be a modified version of the following question (tailored
wording to fit your topic): How does this (person, topic, event – whatever the case is)
help us to understand the role of women in the US, given the specific era in history, age,
race/ethnicity, socio-economic class, and/or geographical area?
(You are creating two more questions)
If you are participating in a community-based service learning assignment:
Type a one-page, double spaced report:
o In which program are you working?
o When did you start?
o Did you have an orientation?
o What have you been doing so far with your organization?
o What is your plan for completing your hours in this service learning?