Professor Emerita of History and American Studies
Her primary interests are in American social and intellectual history, particularly labor history; Afro-American history; and women's history.
She has taught United States history and women's studies courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
This course will explore the questions surrounding the coming of the American Civil War (1861-1865), the war itself, Reconstruction (1866-1877) and how we have come to remember those events today. As much a writing seminar as a history class, the course will focus on selections from the voluminous writing the conflict produced: letters, journals, diaries, and autobiographies. We will study poetry, short stories and novels; biographies and scholarly monographs and articles on the various debates surrounding the war. These forms of writing will also serve as models for student written work. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion and complete four writing assignments.
This course is designed to introduce students to the main trends and themes of British and United States women's history from 1820 through World War I and to trace the various "feminisms" that emerge as a result of capitalist development and responding labor movements in each county. We will discuss individual women leaders as well as the movements they led and the ways in which "the woman question" was hotly debated in the press, the university classroom, and the political arena; readings of literary texts such as Bronte's Jane Eyre will complement our analysis of primary historical sources. Throughout the course we will focus on the convergence of gender, sexuality, race, class and politics in Victorian feminist and socialist reform movements. In addition to making oral presentations and writing short papers, students will have the opportunity to conduct primary research on nineteenth-century women's history in local and online archives as a prelude to completing a final research paper.