Fall 2020

Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History

Listed in: History, as HIST-436  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-436


Jen Manion (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 436 [US/TC/TS] and SWAG 436) This course introduces students to critical theories of difference in thinking and writing about the past. We will read major works that chart the history of the very concepts of race, gender, and sexuality. We will explore how these ideas were both advanced and contested by various groups over the years by reading primary sources such as newspaper articles, personal letters, court records, and organizational papers. Movements for women’s rights, racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation have dramatically shaped these debates and their implications. In particular, feminist theory, critical race theory, and queer theory provide powerful arguments about how we formulate research questions, what constitutes a legitimate archive, and why writing history matters. Students will learn to identify and work with an archive to craft a major research paper in some aspect of U.S. history while engaging the relevant historic arguments about race, gender, and/or sexuality.

Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Manion.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to junior and senior history and SWAGS majors.

Cost: 75 ?


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021