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HIST 3479 Study and Writing of History: Gender and Violence in American History (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Gender-based violence has a long history in the United States, one that has been shaped by changing gender norms, racial ideologies, and class relations. This course will look at the history of rape and sexual violence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to understand how definitions of those offenses have changed over time. By examining several key historical cases, we will explore the experiences of accusers, assailants, and third parties, while assessing the impact of feminism, nativism, and white supremacy in the outcomes. During the course of the semester, students will use primary sources to write a major research paper analyzing a historical case or topic of their own choosing.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Marilynn Johnson

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II; History Major Standing; Not open to graduate students

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Last Updated: 08-Feb-17