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HIST 3035: Gender and Sexuality in Modern U.S. History


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Lindsay Schmitz
Thomas Jefferson Library
University of Missouri St. Louis

HIST 3035

This guide will help you find both primary and secondary sources for your research dealing with the history of gender and sexuality in the United States.

The link to Primary Source Collections will take you to a list of primary source databases that are listed by broad subject terms that cover many different topics in History. I'm happy to help you navigate these databases if you need assistance or point you to specific sources for your particular research topic. 

Please contact me with any questions or if you need any additional help. See my contact information on on this page. You can email me or click "schedule appointment" to arrange a time to meet with me. I am happy to assist you via email, chat, Zoom, or by phone!




Course Objectives

This course will examine how gender has been historically constructed in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. Together we will consider how people have understood their gendered place in society, what social and cultural forces informed their understandings, and how these concepts changed over time. As we cannot fully comprehend the process of gender without attending to sexuality and vice versa, the history of sexuality will be woven throughout our readings and discussions. By the end of the term students will be able to critically engage with the categories of gender and sexuality as historical and cultural productions within the context of 20th century US politics, culture, and social movements.