An examination of women’s historical experience and changing ideas about gender. Themes addressed include class, racial, ethnic and religious differences among women, as well as the impact of industrialization, immigration, urbanization and war on women’s public roles, work patterns, familial obligations, and sexual practices. The course will ask students to consider ways in which using gender as a category of analysis transforms our interpretation of U.S. history. This course can also count toward the women’s and gender studies program. This course can also count toward the heritage and museum studies program.