HIS 389 • Rsch Gender/Race/National Identity
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Early in the new millenium, problems of race and gender continue to preoccupy Americans, both in and out of the academy. This graduate research seminar offers students the opportunity to research the history of gender, race and national identity in the 20th-century U.S., and to write a research paper on a topic of their choosing. The course will pay particular attention to the ways in which these ideas shaped and, in turn, were shaped by major social, economic, cultural and political developments. We will also consider the relationships of gender, race and national identity to each other. Why, for example, has race frequently been elaborated in gendered terms of manhood and womanhood? Why have understandings of national identity and citizenship been so frequently bound up with ideas of race and gender B and with what consequences? During the first part of the course we will assess various methodological approaches. We begin with several theoretical pieces, and then examine monographs, essays and chapters of longer works that address gender, race and national identity in the context of specific thematic problems. Students also develop ideas for research projects, identify sources, and write a prospectus. During the middle part of the course, we suspend class meetings while students work independently and meet as needed with the professor. In the classes, we reconvene for students to comment on each others' drafts.
Possible Readings Include: Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996) Nancy Bercaw, Gendered Freedoms: Race, Rights, and the Politics of Household in the Delta, 1861-1875 (2003) Jane Dailey, Glenda Gilmore, and Bryant Simon, eds., Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights (2000) Linda Gordon, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (2001) Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2003) Annelise Orleck, Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War On Poverty (2005) Gunther Peck, Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880-1930 (2000) Johanna Schoen, Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare (2006)