Everyone should read:
If you are a "1," also read this article:
If you are a "2," also read this article:
If you are a "3," also read this article:
Note that several of these articles are outside of our time period (1940-1990). They're meant to introduce themes that we'll be continuing to talk/read about over the course of the class, and to give you ideas for possible topics.
See below for other examples of possible topics. You aren't limited to these topics! They're just meant to get you thinking.
Discussion! Will involve writing on the whiteboard wall.
For all three articles, be thinking about:
What are the girls/young women in these articles doing (or being?)
How do the conditions of these girls’ lives contribute to their actions?
Think also about:
Class and income (socioeconomic status)
Photo: Clara Bow, in IT (1927), after a night out at Coney Island WITH HER BOSS.
Click on the image for a clip of their date showing "treating" in action (and how amusements parks could be sexy. Hint: underwear will be shown.
Wilk, Rona M. “‘What’s a Crush?’ A Study of Crushes and Romantic Friendships at Barnard College, 1900-1920.” OAH Magazine of History 18, no. 4 (July 1, 2004): 20–22.
Photo: Ye Taming of Ye Shrew performance, 1905. Barnard College Digital Archives. Click for larger image.
Image: Text from E. Azalia Hackley, "Introduction," Colored Girl Beautiful (1916). Click on image for full-text reproduction of this volume at HathiTrust (a highly reputable digital-book library based at the University of Michigan).
Some ideas to get you thinking about topics:
Some ways you can narrow your topic:
Focus on a particularly defined group of people:
Focus on a particular geographic region, for example:
Focus on a particular time period (historians are always thinking about "change over time"!):