u s women s history.
It must be 6-7 page paper in apa format. You will have to write a thesis/intro, argument and conclusion. Donâ€™t forget about the references/bibliography.
Answer one of the following questions, basing your argument on THREE readings from the semesterâ€™s list.
- Gerda Lernerâ€™s article, one of the readings for Week One, presents several ways or â€œparadigmsâ€ of approaching the study of women in America. The idea of developing the historical narrative from a â€œfeminist perspectiveâ€ is key. The questions are: â€œWhere are the women? What were the women doing when all this history happened in America? How do women understand their own stories?â€
As we have discussed, these are potential ways to present the Social History of Women in America:
- â€œContribution History.â€ The underlying assumption is that received history is universal; the patriarchal narrative is the norm. No distinction is made between what the men were achieving and how the women fit into the narrativeâ€”the assumption is that menâ€™s story is womenâ€™s story. The â€œNew Social Historyâ€ which focuses on women ADDS their contribution to the patriarchal narrative. The â€œuniversal male perspectiveâ€ defines what â€œcountsâ€ as history, can be applauded as a contribution to the story of America. The categories of achievement in public life that women have performed is defined by what the normative historical, that is, patriarchal view, deems a contribution.
- History from the grass roots up. Social History from this perspective begins with the first hand report of what has happened to women, how they felt about it, and why THEY see it as an essential element of history; in other words, why â€œher-storiesâ€ are important to a comprehensive narrative of the American experience. Historical essays from this perspective are based on individual reporting from more private or personal sources: letters, journals/diaries, minutes of the meetings of informal groups, volunteer associations, or organizations that have sprung up to be called NGOs. Much of the material is, thus, individual â€œPrimary Sources.â€ Individual narratives become â€œSecondary Sourcesâ€ as their authors base their interpretations utilizing evidence from the primary ones to draw broader conclusions for the historical record.
- The distinctions in analysis by race/ethnicity, gender, class, education, religion, immigration status, among othersâ€”esp. urban/rural and region/section of the nation are now becoming essential as well.
- All of these are ways of doing â€œSocial History.â€ As a separate field within HISTORY, it is still fairly new, but as you have discovered in the readings of HISTORY 377, much research has now been accomplished. It is our â€œcase studiesâ€ of the three weeks thus far that give us the basis for this exam, one that asks you to discover patterns or an overview in the American Story.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES TO WRITE ABOUT IN THE FORMAT THAT THE DETAILEDâ€œRUBRICâ€ DEFINES, BASING YOUR WORK ON ONE OF THE APPROACHES OUTLINED ABOVE.
1: The tension between â€œindividualismâ€ and â€œthe quest for communityâ€ has characterized the American experience. Taking three of the essays in the readings thus far as the basis for your analysis, how would you characterize the experience from 1870-1929 from the perspective of women?
2: WHO or WHAT comprises â€œan American woman?â€ Tell â€œher-storyâ€ from 1870-1929. How would you develop the narrative for a general introduction, say in a high school textbook?
3: â€œAmerican Exceptionalismâ€ has long been the standard paradigm for the â€œAmerican Wayâ€ as a unique story. Argue that the narrative of American Womenâ€™s History between 1870-1929 supports the â€œexceptionalâ€ argument OR argue that the status and experiences of women are parallel and intertwined with developments elsewhere in the world, that is, are part of the â€œhistorical moment globally.â€
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