Examine the historical experiences of women, with special emphasis on the development of women's rights in the U.S. West. Consider how the history of the American West has looked through women’s eyes, how race, ethnicity, class, and gender impacted “freedom” or opportunity in the region, and how examining women’s roles and experiences in the West changes or enlarges the nation’s historical narrative. What were economic and social opportunities for western women? Was the West liberating for women? What work did women do? How did daily reality match powerful ideals and myths about women and the region? How did women's experiences in the West impact their expectations for civic participation? What kinds of sources illuminate women’s history in the West?

Important Note:

This class is at our main campus location.

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