In Unit 1, you examined American women in early American history. You were also introduced to the goals and structures of this course. As you move forward, Unit 2 explores the continued westward expansion of America in the period directly following the Civil War and into the turn of the century. As the nations grew, American society changed and reshaped along new boundaries. The western half of the nation is slowly incorporated physically and in the American consciousness. As more and more Americans moved west, women inevitably joined in the mass migration. Accompanying the migration westward here in America is the vast influx of immigrant peoples. Cultures clash along all borders, and the pressure to “Americanize” is felt by Native American population and immigrants populations. With the expansion of peoples and borders comes a new America of sorts; an America that faces radical change and intense challenges. Women reap the benefits of these changes and challenges. As the twentieth century dawns, women begin to find a unified voice that extends beyond certain barriers, and their influence expands with the nation
The readings in Unit 2 focus on women living in the American West during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As more and more Americans moved west, women inevitably joined in the mass migration. Accompanying the migration westward here in America is the vast influx of immigrant peoples. These two types of migration profoundly impacted the American landscape both physically and socially; changing the way that people worked, and even thought about America. Interconnected to this are the notions of “womanhood” intrinsic to the era, and the inevitable challenges and changes that migration brings for women.
Chapter 7 in Through Women’s Eyes
Women of the West: “There are no Renters Here”
Although this Seminar is not graded, it is highly beneficial for you to participate each week to explore the concepts and assignments in more detail and answer questions that you may have. You will also benefit from the interaction with your classmates. Your Seminars each week will offer an opportunity to interact as a community through a real time connection.
As the nation expands both in physical landmass and people, American society changes and expands as well. Westward expansion has profound effects on the lives of many American Women. Social roles change, work changes, and inter-cultural interactions increase.
Question 1: In what ways did women's lives and social roles change when they headed West in the 1800s?
Question 2: How did Westward expansion impact Native American and African American women?
Question 3: What kinds of inter-cultural interactions did women in the American West experience?
For this assignment you will choose one of the following three topics and craft a PowerPoint Presentation. You will use your textbook as a sort of “springboard” for your topic, and add at least two additional sources to support your ideas. You can choose to focus your information in any way you decide, but must include specific examples from your sources. This assignment is worth 50 points. The rubric for this assignment is available from the Grading Rubrics page under Course Home.
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Jennifer Harrison[20:04 ET]: Tonight, we will be reviewing the expansion of roles for women in the late 19th century, and we will focus specifically on both the frontier woman and the immigrant woman at the end of the 19th century.