A History of Gender in America: Documents Articles and Essays

A History of Gender in America: Documents Articles and Essays

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For undergraduate- or graduate-level courses in American History, American Social History, American Women's History, American Gender History, The Sociology of Gender, Gender and Communication, Gender and Psychology, and Gender and Anthropology. A History of Gender in America is the first textbook of its kind. It summarizes the writings of gender historians and introduces students to the most recent literature on the history of gender in the United States. This text provides them with a sense of how gender has been constructed in America and how those constructions have changed over time.show more

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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 172.72 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 975.22g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130122254
  • 9780130122254

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A History of Gender in America introduces students to the concept of gender and the way that ideas about masculinity and femininity have been defined and contested from the colonial period through the twentieth century in the United States. It allows students to reflectively analyze and develop a sophisticated and complex picture not only of how men and women in the past have constructed their personal identities and conducted their lives, but also how the power to do so has been negotiated and distributed. Combining introductory essays that survey the literature on the history of gender, as well as documents, articles, study questions, and bibliographies, a mixture of chronological and topical chapters offers teachers the material they need to explore with their students such questions as: How does gender contribute to the way historical knowledge is organized and presented? What factors have been most important in determining how gender is constructed in any particular period in American history? Whose interests do gender conventions serve? What causes ideas about gender to change? How do those changes take place? What are the results of those changes? What influence do factors like race, class, ethnicity, sexual preference, and geographical location have on the construction of gender? How do men and women solve problems in their everyday lives using culturally constructed notions of gender?show more

Table of contents

1. Gender as a Historical Category. 2. Gender Identities in the English Colonies (1600-1760). 3. Gender Identities in the Age of Revolution and the Early Republic (1760-1820). 4. Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century North (1820-1890). 5. Femininity in the Nineteenth-Century North (1820-1890). 6. Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century South (1820-1890). 7. Femininity in the Nineteenth-Century South (1820-1890). 8. Gender Identities in the Trans-Mississippi West (1820-1890). 9. The New Woman and the New Man at the Turn of the Century (1890-1920). 10. Masculinity in the Twentieth Century (1920-1975). 11. Femininity in the Twentieth Century (1920-1975). 12. Gender, Identity, and Sexuality (1600-1975). 13. Gender and Sport (1600-1975). 14. Gender and Violence (1600-1975). 15. Gender and Work (1600-1975).show more

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