Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History

Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History

Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History

Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History


Over the last four decades, women's history has developed from a new and marginal approach to history to an established and flourishing area of the discipline taught in all history departments.

Clio in the Classroom makes accessible the content, key themes and concepts, and pedagogical techniques of U.S. women's history for all secondary school and college teachers. Editors Carol Berkin, Margaret S. Crocco, and Barbara Winslow have brought together a diverse group of educators to provide information and tools for those who are constructing a new syllabus or revitalizing an existing one. The essays in this volume provide concise, up-to-date overviews of American women's history from colonial times to the present that include its ethnic, racial, and regional changes. They look at conceptual frameworks key to understanding women's history and American history, such as sexuality, citizenship, consumerism, and religion. And they offer concrete approaches for the classroom, including the use of oral history, visual resources, material culture, and group learning. The volume also features a guide to print and digital resources for further information.

This is an invaluable guide for women and men preparing to incorporate the study of women into their classes, as well as for those seeking fresh perspectives for their teaching.


Over the last thirty years, women’s history has experienced great growth within the academy. Countless books, journal articles, and conferences on women’s history in the United States and around the world have accompanied measurable progress in women’s rights, visibility, and educational and professional achievement, both in the United States and elsewhere. a solid preparation in women’s history is now critical for history teachers and professors to enable them to present an accurate and inclusive version of American history.

Our major goal in this book is to offer history instructors at the high school and college levels the key content, concepts, and teaching strategies that have proven successful in teaching this subject to students. Clio in the Classroom: a Guide to Teaching U.S. Women’s History is intended as an introduction to contemporary themes, issues, questions, debates, strategies, and resources for instructors teaching survey courses in U.S. history and U.S. women’s history or electives dealing with related topics.

The essays in this book move beyond the notion of women’s history as a compendium of “firsts,” with an emphasis on chronicling women’s entry into male fields. Women’s history presented in terms of women’s “contributions” is still found in many textbooks.

“Contribution history” has an understandable appeal and has produced some positive results: Most schoolchildren now recognize the names of women like Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks. This way of doing women’s history, however, misses . . .

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