Course Syllabus

U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY SINCE 1877                     HISTORY 18.2

Santa Rosa Junior College                                        Fall 2023

Anne Donegan                                                  

Office 1554-A                                                             phone 524-1812                    

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                      In person:  Mondays:  4:30-5:15.  Thursdays 10:30-11:00

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Course Description: This course is a selective survey of U.S. history from the perspective of women that analyzes the key political, social, and economic developments since Reconstruction.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

1.  Analyze the political, economic, cultural, and social developments in U.S. history from the
     perspective of women from Reconstruction through the present era.
2.  Compare and contrast the experiences of European American women to those of Native
     American, African American and immigrant women.
3.  Analyze the causes and effects of particular historical events.


Required Texts:     Carol Hymowitz & Michaele Weissman, A History of Women in America


History of Women in America


Bread Givers

                            Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers



Regular class attendance and note taking are expected and recommended.   When you are absent, it is very important that you get notes from a classmate.  


Course Requirements:

Homework:  Turning in homework assignments and/or in class writing will be worth 100 points. There will be approximately 4-6 pages of assigned homework.  This is a hybrid class, so roughly 3-4 of work will be assigned each week that you will do on your own outside of class.  

 Exams: There will be two examinations. Both exams  will be worth 100 points.  Tests will be based on all assigned reading and on material presented in class. The material to be covered on the tests will be discussed prior to each test date. Make up exams are possible only in cases of extreme emergency or serious illness.   If you do not notify me prior to the scheduled exam date, an automatic 10 points will be deducted from your score.

 Analytical Essay: There will be a 4-6 page essay on Bread Givers worth 100 points.


Extra Credit:

  1. Students may pass in a short essay explaining how a current news story, film, TV show, or campus event relates to a topic discussed in class.   Each essay needs to 1-2 typed pages long and will be worth 0-3 points.   Please include a copy of the article if applicable.
  2. 15 points can be earned by volunteering 20 hours at an approved not-for-profit agency. In order to be eligible for this you must return a completed application by September 4th.  Applications can be found on the Canvas page.

No more than 20 extra credit points can be earned. No extra credit will be accepted after December 4th.


Classroom Principles:

1.  Ask questions if something doesn't make sense.  

2.  Agree and Disagree with one another with respect.   Keep an Open Mind.

3.  Be engaged in class.      In class, phones should be put away, unless you have an important reason to keep it out.   If you need access to your phone during class, talk to me at the start of class.   If you use your phone during class without checking with me first, I will ask you to leave the class.

4.  Be engaged in class (part 2)!  Come to class awake and ready to go!   If you fall asleep in class, I will ask you to go home and get some much needed rest.  

Course Outline


Module 1: Weeks 1-8                                       August 14th-October 2nd

Lecture & Discussion Topics                                 Assigned Reading

Women in the 19th century                               Hymowitz & Weissman, ch. 5-8

The West                                                         H & W, ch. 11-12

Turn of the century reformers                          H & W, ch. 13

Working Women                                               H & W, ch. 14

9/3                 Last Day to drop without a “W”

9/4                 No Class:  Labor Day Holiday

9/11                 Community Service Applications Due

10/16              Midterm


Module  2:   Weeks 7-14                         October 16th-December 11th

Women’s Suffrage & Radicalism                       H & W ch. 15 & 16

Women in the 1920s & the Depression                        H & W, ch. 17

World War II & the 1950s                                             H & W, ch 18

The 1960s & the Modern Women’s Movement            H & W ch. 19

10/30                 Discuss Bread Givers

11/24               Bread Givers Essay Due

11/12               Last Day to Drop with a “W”

11/29               Last Day to Pass in Extra Credit

Exams #2:      Dec. 11th


Assignment & Examinations may be Subject to Change by the Instructor




















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