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5. Reform for Women
About this Lecture
In this module, we examine how women set out to reform society in this period. Many women recognised the economic hardships that many families faced and set up settlement houses as a result. Women became increasing prominent in their local environments and held greater sway over these areas as a result. Increasing independence also saw many women engage in investigative journalism to shed light on social problems for their upper and middle class audiences. These women laid the groundwork for how women would experience the 20th century in America.
In this course, Professor Susan Curtis (Purdue University) explains how different reform movements responded to the rise of industrial capitalism in the Gilded Age. In the first three modules, we look at this through the lens of the economy - examining the changes that occurred as a result of the industrial revolution, the reasons reform was needed and then what workers did to initiate reform. In the next two modules we explore how the United States changed for women in these years and why reform was needed as a result. After this, we explore why political reform was needed in this era and what reform was passed as a result. Finally we examine the issues of race relations - the area where reform was needed most but where none came.
Susan Curtis in Emeritus Professor of History and American Studies at Purdue University. She specialises in the History of American culture, religion, and race relations; and is the author of four books - A Consuming Faith: The Social Gospel and Modern American Culture (1991): Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin (1994); The First Black Actors on the Great White Way (1998); and Colored Memories: A Biographer's Quest for the Elusive Lester A. Walton (2008).
Cite this Lecture
Curtis, S. (2021, November 18). US History – Reform in the Gilded Age, 1870-1900 - Reform for Women [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-reform-in-the-gilded-age-1870-1900/reform-for-women
Curtis, Susan. "US History – Reform in the Gilded Age, 1870-1900 – Reform for Women." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Nov 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-reform-in-the-gilded-age-1870-1900/reform-for-women