HIS 202 — The Centennial of US Women’s Suffrage: A History
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Sep 22—Nov 3
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 24
Instructor(s): Margo Horn
This course commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of US women’s suffrage, with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution on August 18, 1920. We will study the history of the women’s suffrage movement, which has famously been called a “century of struggle.” We will begin with women’s involvement in the social reform efforts of the 1820s and 1830s, such as the antislavery and temperance movements. We will see how this early activism by women led to the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, which spearheaded a national movement for women’s rights. We will examine how this initially broad movement endured a series of setbacks following the Civil War, which led, starting in the late nineteenth century, to its narrowed focus on winning the vote for women—a clear goal that still did not unify the movement. We will explore internal divisions among suffrage leaders with different strategies to achieve the vote, as well as the marked racial conflicts between Black and white suffragists. Guest speaker Carol Lasser, professor of history, emerita, at Oberlin College and former president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, will share her knowledge on women, gender, and race in US history. Finally, we explore women’s voting patterns since suffrage, and ask what the women’s vote has meant for American democracy.
Margo Horn, Lecturer, Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, StanfordMargo Horn specializes in the history of women, the history of family, and the social history of medicine and psychiatry. Her research projects concern the history of women physicians in the US, the history of single women in twentieth-century America, and the history of women and mental illness in America during the same period. She is the author of Before It's Too Late: The Child Guidance Movement in the United States, 1922-1945. She received an MA and a PhD from Tufts.
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Ellen Carol DuBois, Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote, Hardcover or ebook (ISBN 978-1-5011-6516-0)