Women and the American Revolution, H-Net Website Discussion (November 1997)


Notice From Mark Kornbluh Exec. Director, H-Net: Humanities and Social Services OnLine mark@h-net.msu.edu 20 Nov 1997

Friends:

H-Net would like to invite all H-Women subscribers to participate in building
resources on our new web site [http://revolution.h-net.msu.edu] devoted to teaching the American Revolution.

We are interested in comments and tips about how to include women's history in teaching the American Revolution. What challenges do you face in teaching
the american Revolution to students? Are there particular teaching resources
that you would recommend?

Please send your replies back to H-Women and they will be posted to H-Women as well as picked up and included on our new web site. and please visit the site on the web in the coming weeks and participate in the on-going
discussions. [More info on the site was enclosed in original message. It can
be found at the website or by contacting Dr. Mark Kornbluh at 301 Auditorium
Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, Ph: 517-355-9300; e-mail mark@n-net.msu.edu]

Responses:

From Janet Coryell coryell@wmich.edu 21 Nov 1997

One major challenge is the article in the Journal of the Early Republic, Summer
1997 issue (or Fall?) which greatly expanded the notion of how women perceived their civic responsibility after the Revolution (and presumably as a result thereof). The author does a lovely job of expanding the idea of Republican Motherhood to Republican Womanhood.

I also heartily recommend including information on women in the Revolutionary Army community that I got from Holly Mayer's _Belonging to the Army_, which came out a year ago from South Carolina Press. She incorporates women's roles during the warfare extremely well, which made it much easier to talk about women and men in the army and how the army functioned, as well as enabling students to understand how different it was from women in the army today, as well as traditional portrayals of stay-at-home women during the war.

From Joan R. Gundersen gunderj@numen.elon.edu 21 Nov 1997

As a subscriber to the OEIAHC-Net list on Early american History, I sent a message three days [ago] evaluating this site and noting both major women's history books that were not in the bibliography and the way that the categories for resources defined the revolution as a political/military event, not a social history event. (Women basically appeared only in the biography section.) This also affected the ability of the site to deal with history of communities during the war, and of African/African-Americans, and American Indians. *Please* review this site before jumping in. I have requested that *at least* they add a category to the bibliography sections and resource sections where social history and women's history materials could be available. We have very little time before the TV show this site supports will air, so think quickly *and * creatively. The web site you need to look at is http://revolution.h-net.msu.edu

From Barbara Winslow purplewins@compuserve.com 24 Nov 1997

_First Generations_ by Carol Berkin (NY: Hill and Wank, 1997) must be looked at.