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ERIC Number: EJ791657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Women and History: Outside the Academy
Coughlin, Mimi
History Teacher, v40 n4 p471-479 Aug 2007
The active participation of women in the field of American history dates back to the earliest writings on the subject. The rich and long history of women writing, teaching and researching in the field of American History, however, is obscured by narrow disciplinary definitions of what actually counts as history and who is qualified to represent it. This article explores the professionalization and masculinization of history within the academy that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century and the contributions of women working as writers, teachers, archivists, and scholars outside the confines of academic history departments. Emblematic of this important work are the efforts of Sarah Bolton, Angie Debo, Dorothy Porter, Molly Murphy MacGregor, and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault. Bolton's biographies of exceptional women of the nineteenth century, Debo's ethnohistories of Native Americans, Porter's archives of the African Diaspora, MacGregor's National Women's History Project, and Tetreault's feminist phase theory and feminist pedagogy have broadened the scope, method and uses of history. Acknowledging these women's work expands everyone's view of what counts as history and helps to make the disciplinary practices of history transparent, exposing their epistemological and methodological underpinnings to scrutiny. An examination of these contributions also serves to correct the misperception that women have come lately to the business of writing history. (Contains 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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