Solano CollegeSpring 2015History 37Women in American HistoryFall 2014MWF 12:00pm – 12:50pm (Main), CRN 11275T/TH 11:00am – 12:15pm (Vacaville), CRN 11273Instructor: Rachel PurdieClass location: Room 703 (Main); 107 Annex (VC)Email: Through CANVAS (preferred); [email protected] Hours: Fridays, 11:00am – 12:00pm, TBDCourse Description:SCC Catalog Description: This class is a survey of women's roles in American history from its precolonial origins to the present. Emphasis on women's experiences and contributions to historicaldevelopments regarding social, economic, and cultural life, government, politics, personal issues, theU.S. Constitution, race and racism, ethnicity, and gender. CSU/UC Transferable - (UC): IGETC Area3 Humanities, Area 4D, Area 4F; (CSU) GE Area C2, Area D4, Area D6.In exploring American women’s historical experiences and the meanings that women have ascribed tothese experiences, we will examine the ways in which race, class, and ethnicity have shaped women’slabor, reproduction, social roles, and political status. This course also investigates the role that genderplays in the construction of American history.Advisory: Eligibility for English 001; a “C” or better in History 17 and/or 18 helpful but not necessary.Units: 3Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):1. Analyze the significant causal factors that contributed to the shaping of historical movements, eventsand trends.2. Compare and contrast the lives and roles of American women throughout various periods of history,taking into account the impact of ethnicity, class, and gender.3. Identify and analyze the economic, social, political, and cultural forces that determined the lives androles of women in both the past and the present.Required Texts: Ellen Carol DuBois, Lynn Dumenil, Through Women's Eyes: An American History withDocuments, Third Edition. ISBN: 9780312676032 Joan Jacobs Brumberg. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. ISBN:9780679735298 Additional readings/documents posted on CANVASRecommended Texts:Howard Zinn. A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present (Harper, 2005)NOTE: This course is a web-enhanced course. On CANVAS, students will find lectureoutlines/materials, assignment, and exam study guides. All assignments (with the exception of

quizzes and exams) are to be submitted through CANVAS; this means that no paper copies ofassignments will be accepted.** In addition, students are expected to check CANVAS regularly forannouncements and other information related to the class.To access CANVAS, type into your browser’s address bar (Chrome orSafari seem to work best) and login with your MySolano username and MySolano password. It isrecommended that you bookmark the link or save it to your favorites in order to easily access the sitethroughout the semester. If you experience any technical issues, you must contact campus tech support.Student login issues are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting assignments on time.**If this will present a significant hardship, students must contact me directly during the first week of classes.Grading and Assignments:The graded assignments for this course are as follows: One (1) one short analysis paper (3-4 page) on a topic in women’s historyFive (5) quizzes (short answer/ID term; lowest score will be dropped),Six (6) homework assignments (lowest score dropped); homework assignments will beassigned on either Thursday and due the following Tuesday (for T/TH class) OR assigned onFriday and due the following Wednesday (for M/W/F class)One (1) scheduled final exam (bring a large, unmarked bluebook)LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED. There will be no extensions or make-ups granted on any ofthese assignments unless an unforeseen and unavoidable crisis occurs. Students in such situationsmust provide official written documentation of the crisis in order to be granted an extension. Inaddition, in-class activities cannot be made up, no exceptions.Quizzes generally consist of short answer and/or term identification questions from lecture and/orassigned readings, which usually cover topics and themes from the previous two or three weeks.Homework assignments will generally involve document and/or image analysis using primary sourcedocuments from the main textbook, Through Women’s Eyes. The final exam will be part short answerwith longer essay questions. I will distribute lecture outlines for all lecture days and a study guide forthe final. Students who require special testing accommodations must submit documentation to mebefore the first scheduled quiz.Grading Scale:A90-100B80-89C70-79D60-69F59 and belowGrade Breakdown:One 3-4 page paperFive quizzes (4 graded)Homework assignments (5 graded)Final nce and Participation:Attendance is mandatory and will be taken daily. Your participation grade is tied to your attendance; assuch, all students are expected to attend regularly. Exceptions to this rule include illness and/orverifiable emergencies. In addition, participation is more than just showing up. Students are expectedto contribute to discussion and be engaged for the duration of the class period.2

Email Etiquette:Please be mindful of the fact that your instructors likely have hundreds of students, multiple classsections, and possibly even teach at multiple colleges. When emailing your instructor, include yourfirst and last name, class days and time, as well as a subject heading to let he/she know what the emailis regarding. Also, be sure to allow sufficient time for a response; I do not check my email after7:00pm on weekdays and I do not consistently check email over the weekend.Academic Dishonesty:Academic Dishonesty refers to plagiarism and/or cheating. I encourage students to consult the SCCCollege Student Handbook, which can be accessed this location: service/1112/Student%20Rights%20Handbook rev08.pdfCheating and/or plagiarizing will result in a failing grade on the quiz/exam/assignment and possibleremoval from the class.Instructor Biography:Rachel Purdie holds a Master’s Degree in American History, specializing in Women’s History,comparative cultural history, and 20th century popular culture from California State University,Sacramento. Ms. Purdie also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Jazz Studies atCSU Sacramento in 2007. Ms. Purdie teaches American History and music history at Heald College inSacramento and all survey courses in American History and women’s history at Sierra College inRocklin, CA. In addition, Ms. Purdie served as an adjunct lecturer in the History Department at CSUSacramento while a graduate student, teaching and facilitating undergraduate survey courses in U.S.History. She’s a Taurus who enjoys long walks on the beach, travelling, and Internet cat videos. Ms.Purdie joined the Solano College History Department faculty in 2014.Classroom Policies:1). Be respectful. This class will examine several topics in American women’s history that areunpleasant, awkward, and divisive. We all come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, andexperiences that give us our unique perspective on the world around us. As adults, I expect all studentsto be able to engage in a controversial discourse without personal attack. This also includes beingmindful of how much you may be dominating the discussion. Disrespectful behavior will not betolerated.2). Turn off/silence all cell phones during class. Texting/gaming/checking email/watching videos, andthe like during class is not only rude, it is distracting to your peers. If Candy Crush Saga/My SingingMonsters, etc. is legitimately more important than my class, I will ask you to leave. However, beadvised that my participation and attendance standards will be enforced.3). Food and drink in the classroom are NOT permitted except water in a closed container or bottlewith a screw top (campus policy, not mine). If you have a medical condition that requiresaccommodation concerning food/drink, please let me know.4). Laptops/tablets are allowed, but for class purposes only. See policy #2.5). I do not allow students to tape record or take video of my lectures. If you have a disability thatrequires such accommodations, you must disclose this to me during the first week and be able to verifysaid disability with proper documentation.3

CLASS SCHEDULEThe syllabus can be modified at any time. Live in fear.Being successful in this class requires that you stay on top of the assigned readings and make an honesteffort to absorb course themes/content. All readings come from the main textbook (Through Women’sEyes) unless indicated otherwise. Additional readings may be assigned throughout the semester.Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned pages. Bringing your textbook to classis helpful but not required.WEEK/DATE TOPICS/THEMES/READINGSWeek 1Jan. 12-16ASSIGNMENTCourse Introduction and ExpectationsFrequently used terms in HistoryWhat is Women’s History and why does it matter?Topics: Europeans in North America; Native Americanwomen and society, 1500-1607Reading: Ch. 1 (3-36)Week 2Jan. 19 - 23MLK B-DAY OBSERVED: NO CLASS MONDAY,JANUARY 19th 2015Homework #1Topics: Europeans in North America; Native Americanwomen and society, 1500-1607 (cont.); Europeans in NorthAmerica; Native American women and society, 1500-1607Week 3Jan. 26 - 30Week 4Feb. 2 - 6Week 5Feb. 9 - 13Reading: Ch. 1 (cont.) Ch. 2 (56-88)Topics: The English in America/Gender in the Colonies,Religion, The Crisis in Salem, The First Great Awakening,1607-1750Reading: Ch. 2 (cont.)Topics: The American Revolution, The Early Republic,Republican Womanhood, 1750-1800Quiz #1TH/F (Jan 29, 30)Homework #2Reading: Ch. 3 (122-151)Topics: The Early Republic and Republican Motherhood(cont.), Industrialization, the Cult of DomesticityThe Market RevolutionReading: Ch. 3 (con.t), Ch. 4 (186-218)PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND: NO CLASS FRIDAY,FEB. 13th, 20154

Week 6Feb. 16 - 20PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND: NO CLASSMONDAY, FEB. 16th, 2015Quiz #2TH/F (Feb 19, 20)Topics: Seneca Falls, Slavery, Abolition, WestwardExpansion, The Civil War, 1800-1865Week 7Feb. 23 - 27Reading: Ch. 4 (cont.), Ch. 5 (252-286)Topics: Reconstruction and the New South, Wealth andLeisure, Women in the Gilded Age, 1865-1900Week 8March 2 - 6Reading: Ch.5 (cont.) Ch.6 (320-352)Topics: Immigration, The American West, 1850-1900;Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920Week 9March 9 - 13Reading: Ch. 7 (388-420), Ch. 8 (456-492)Topics: Women in the Progressive Era, Suffrage, BirthControl, WWI, 1900-1930Reading: Ch. 8 (cont.), The Body Project, Intro, Ch. 1Film Excerpt: Iron-Jawed Angels (2004)Week 10Topics: The Roaring 20s, Women in the Great Depression,March 16 - 20 1920-1939Analysis PaperAssignedHomework #3Quiz #3TH/F (March 12,13)Homework #4Reading: Ch. 9 (522-557); The Body Project, Ch. 2Film Excerpt: Rosie the RiveterWeek 11Topics: Women and World War II, 1939-1945March 23 - 27Reading: Ch. 9 (cont.); The Body Project, Ch. 3Week 12March 30 –April 3Week 13April 6 - 10Week 14April 13 - 17Week 15April 20 - 24Film Excerpt: Rosie the RiveterTopics: Domestic Containment, Civil Rights, and theWomen’s Rights Movement, 1945-1965Quiz #4TH/F (April 2, 3)Homework #5Reading: Ch. 10 (594-633); The Body Project, Ch. 4SPRING BREAK: NO CLASSES APRIL 6 – 10th, 2015Topics: Modern Feminism and American Society, Women’sLiberation, Birth Control, Abortion, 1965-1980Reading: Ch. 11 (672-707); The Body Project, Ch. 5Topics: Modern Feminism and American Society, Women’sLiberation, Birth Control, Abortion, 1965-1980 (continuedfrom last week)Analysis Papersdue(TH/F, April 16,17)Homework #6Reading: Ch. 11 (cont.) The Body Project, Ch. 6Film Excerpt: If These Walls Could Talk5

Week 16April 27 –May 1Week 17May 4 - 8Topics: The 1980s and the feminist backlash; rise of thereligious right, 1980-presentQuiz #5(TH/F April 30,May 1)Reading: Ch. 12 (742-779)Topics: Modern Feminism and contemporary women’s issues,women in the mediaReading: Ch. 12 (cont.)FINALSWEEKMay 13 - 18Film: Miss RepresentationFinal Exam Review Days (Optional): Monday, May 11 (M/W/F) Tuesday, May 12 (T/TH)Final ExamMay 14 (T/TH)May 18 (MWF)Final Exam Dates: Thursday, May 14th , 2015; 10:30am – 12:30pm(T/TH) Monday, May 18th , 2015; 10:30-12:30pm (MWF)6

CSU Sacramento in 2007. Ms. Purdie teaches American History and music history at Heald College in Sacramento and all survey courses in American History and women’s history at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. In addition, Ms. Purdie serve