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HUMA 1970
Krys Verrall

Historic Heteroessentialism and Other Orderings in Early AmericaBy Jennifer ManionInfluence of historical narrative is most apparent concerning the period of the nations founding and this is often demonstrated by those who seek to maintain structures of racist and sexist oppressionThese studies are sophisticated in their attempt to integrate analysis of gender as well as of women the experiences of women of different races as well as how the race functions and sexuality in terms of desire and intimacy as well as how the power frames and gives meaning to sexualityoHistory Matters Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism by Judith BennettShe finds two problems with the state of womens and gender historyDepoliticization of recent scholarshipNeglect of female scholars including womens historians of the premodern past and the lessons it holds for usThree explanations for this presentist readThe loss of the belief that women experienced a golden age in the premodern eraA lack of interest in historical perspective among feminist scholars in other disciplines Shifting attention toward a study of womens history beyond the WestAim of this essay is to highlight recent trends in the field of womens and gender history in early North America and to demonstrate why it holds value for feminist academics and activists alikeLucy Kerber showed that women were indeed valued members of the new republic and were held to be important political agents despite not having access to formal political authority or powerInstead women were important because in their role as mothers they shaped the next generation of republican citizensoIn Good Wives Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs by Kathleen BrownAnalysis of how intersections of gender and race shaped several important developments in the history of slavery in Virginia including how cultural differences in gender roles informed the conflicts between Native Americans and English colonists and how racial slavery was given legitimacy and meaning through gender differences The instability of identities by showing how those in pursuit of social political and economic power constructed and manipulated social differencesFeminists activists have been arguing that race and gender are inseparable in analysis of identity experience and systems of power and oppressionTwo major themes will be focused onThe impact of the American Revolution and its role in shaping womens educational political and sexual opportunities and decisionsThe arrival of sexual studies
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