ANNOUNCEMENT—LINDA GORDON MODERATES A WEB FORUM ON FAMILIES IN U.S. HISTORY AT HISTORYMATTERS.GMU.EDU
Starting March 1, 2002, Linda Gordon will moderate a month-long open discussion on families in U.S. History on the HISTORY MATTERS Web site (http://historymatters.gmu.edu). From the HISTORY MATTERS home page select "March: Linda Gordon – Families." To subscribe, choose "Join or leave the list."
Professor Gordon will answer questions and lead a discussion on teaching about families in U.S. History. The discussion will focus particularly on approaches to teaching this subject in U.S. history survey courses at the high school and college levels and include suggestions for resources or strategies.
Linda Gordon, Professor of History at New York University, has specialized in examining the historical roots of contemporary social policy debates, particularly as they concern gender and family issues. Her first book was a documentary history of working women in the U.S. (America's Working Women, orig. 1976, revised ed. 1995). She then turned her attention to the history of birth control; her book on that topic, Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America, was a runner-up for the National Book Award in 1976 and was re-issued in an up-to-date revision in 1990. Her 1988 book, Heroes of Their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence, winner of the Joan Kelly prize of the American Historical Association, examined the history of child abuse, child sexual abuse and wife-beating. As a domestic violence expert, she serves on the Departments of Justice/Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. More recently she turned her attention to the history of welfare. Her Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (1994), winner of the Berkshire Prize and Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award, explains how we ended up with a welfare program detested by recipients and non-recipients alike. Her 1999 book, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard University Press) uses a narrative about a 1904 white vigilante action against the Mexican American foster parents of white children to illustrate how family values and racism can interact. It was the winner of the Bancroft prize for best book in American history. Her most recent book, Dear Sisters, edited with Ros Baxandall (Basic Books, 2000), offers an historical introduction to the women's movement of the 1970s through essays and documents.
HISTORY MATTERS is a gateway to the Web for teachers of the U.S. History Survey course. It provides high school and college teachers (and their students) a starting point for exploring American history on the Web with a large number of first-person historical documents for use in the classroom, an extensive annotated list of Web links, and a range of teaching resources (including sample syllabi, teaching assignments, and forums). HISTORY MATTERS is a project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The HISTORY MATTERS Web site was created with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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