Women History Questions
Order a 100% original three page essay that answers the following discussion questions on women’s history
1. List and describe two (2) ways in which women’s history has redefined and refocused the discipline of history.
2. In “Placing Women in History: Definitions and Challenges,” Gerda Lerner writes, “Women’s history presents a challenge to the periodization of traditional history. The periods in which basic changes occur in society and which historians have commonly regarded as turning points for all historical development, are not necessarily the same for men as for women.”
How are traditional US textbooks organized (think of chapter titles). How do we organize US history? If we place women at the center of our focus, how would these categories change?
3. In “‘Are they not in some sorts vagrants?’: Gender and the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau to Combat Vagrancy in the Reconstruction” Mary Farmer Kaiser writes, “Thus, in the eyes of the Bureau, emancipation had granted the black man authority over his wife and children as well as any property or wages they earned. Yet with this authority came responsibility. In particular, as free men, black husbands and fathers assumed the obligation both to work themselves and to see that their households did likewise.”
Kaiser is discussing what it meant to be a newly free man during Reconstruction. In your opinion, and using specific information from the article, did being “a man” include controlling your woman” after the Civil War? If so, why? Explain your answer.
4. In “‘Are they not in some sorts vagrants?’: Gender and the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau to Combat Vagrancy in the Reconstruction” Mary Farmer Kaiser writes, “The battleground over the meaning of freedom extended well into the household. Black women and men disagreed about how their families, households, and familial relationship would be reconstructed in freedom.”
How did newly free black women view freedom? How was this different from how newly freed black men saw freedom?
5. List and describe two (2) types of African American women who were considered “vagrants” after the Civil War. What specific behaviors or circumstances led to these women being labeled “vagrants”?
6. Using the Commentary section of the Module “What is Women’s History” (under Course Resources), what is the difference between gender and sex? For women’s history, who is considered a woman? Someone with a female gender? A female sex? Both? Explain your answer.
7. In your opinion, what is the traditional or popular definition of a feminist? Using the Commentary section of the Module “What is Women’s History” (under Course Resources), given Cott’s definition, would you call yourself a feminist? Explain your answer