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Women Have Always Worked: Seeking Women's Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War by Alice Kessler-Harris

Women Have Always Worked: Seeking Women's Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War

by Alice Kessler-Harris

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As we see American women coming into positions of economic and political influence, we start to wonder: why now? The Women Have Always Worked MOOC, offered in four parts, explores the history of women in America and introduces students to historians' work to uncover the place of women and gender in America's past. After surveying the the emergence of women's history as an academic field and its impact on the study of history as a whole, we begin course one with the experiences of women in Colonial America. This course explores the lives of enslaved women, of indentured servants, and of the rural housewife. It describes the ways that women struggled to loosen the constraints of family by proclaiming that they, like men, possessed individual rights. As this course progresses through the emergence of an industrial era, it follows women from the home into the workplace. It explores how this shift influenced family life, power relationships within the family, and the ability for women to organize politically. Together we will examine the customs, cultures, and ideologies that governed women's lives in Colonial America and the early 19th Century.


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