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ERIC Number: EJ764881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Settling Accounts with Settler Societies: Strategies for Using Australian Women's History in a United States Women's History Class
Kibler, M. Alison
History Teacher, v37 n2 p155-170 Feb 2004
This article offers a strategy for using Australian women's history in a United States women's history survey course. To develop the theme of gender relations in settler societies, the author recommends using transnational categories, such as gender frontier and settler colonialism, direct comparisons between Australian and American women's history, and a discussion of feminist ideology in international women's organizations. Three topics for lecture and discussion develop these concepts and comparisons: the encounter between European and indigenous gender systems, feminist imperialism, and "settler anxiety" in Australian and American suffrage campaigns. These topics emphasize the centrality of gender relations to the history of settler societies, connect gender and race relations, and suggest the Pacific region as a focus of women's history. These three topics build on each other to make transnational gender frontiers a significant theme of a United States women's history survey course. This article offers some of the necessary contextual information for developing this theme, including the histories of Australia and the United States as settler societies, and suggests key readings, discussion themes, and in-class exercises. Taken together, these techniques can achieve some of the advantages of a comparative women's history course. They draw students' attention to transnational trends and events that shaped American history and challenge assumptions of American exceptionalism. (Contains 51 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States