Women's Work in the Long 19th Century
Overview of the Website
This website provides resources for students and teachers interested in studying womens work in the United States during the long nineteenth century, 1780-1920. Our site brings together recent scholarship and primary print texts from that period, along with visual representations of womens work in a variety of popular culture locations (e.g., magazines, newspapers, advertising cards, book illustrations, photography). By situating our array of images within particular cultural contexts, we hope to facilitate interpretations acknowledging the complex relationships between representations of social experiences and everyday life. Toward that aim, we highlight how the images we have gathered communicate values, beliefs and goals associated with womens work, whether or not they provide accurate depictions of real womens lived experiences.
In addition to our gallery of images and associated
interpretive material, the website also includes syllabi and resource
materials from some of our past offerings of courses on womens