History 246 Reading Guide

“Women’s History”—“Women History”:  Introduction

  • Conversation between Miss Tilney and Miss Morland from Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1803).  LINK
  • Victor Konrad, "Seasonal Round of Activities, 1850s, Tobias Walker Farm, Kennebunk, Maine," The Harraseeket Project, Freeport, Maine (1984).  LINK

Course Texts:

  • Laurel Ulrich, Good Wives:  Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750 (1982; revised 1991).
  • Patricia Cline Cohen, The Murder of Helen Jewett:  The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-century New York (1998).
  • Jacqueline Jones, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow:  Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present (1986; with a new epilogue 1995).
  • Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (1925; new edition 1999).
  • Julie Roy Jeffrey, Frontier Women:  "Civilizing" the West?  1840-1860 (1998)
  • Kathy Peiss, Hope in a Jar:  The Making of America's Beauty Culture (1998).