How can I start a 5 page paper on Anglo American women during the Gold Rush era? I have to weave together race, class, and gender.I am so lost, i struggle so much in history. Any ideas how to...

How can I start a 5 page paper on Anglo American women during the Gold Rush era? I have to weave together race, class, and gender.

I am so lost, i struggle so much in history. Any ideas how to start this?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First of all, I would start by thinking about what you might say for each of the three things you have to weave together.  Work on those details, and then try to come up with an overall theme for the paper once you have the details.

For race, you might want to compare the experience of Anglo American women with women from various minority groups.  The most likely groups might include Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans.  You are presumably going to find that Anglo women were privileged relative to the women of color.

For class, you might look at the different experiences of white women based on their class.  You will likely find that the lower class of women were fairly well exploited, often as prostitutes.  You might find that some of these women were able to work their way up to get into positions of greater wealth and power.  You may want to see if you can compare the experiences of lower class white women with those of upper class Hispanic women.

As to gender, you clearly have to compare the experience of women and men.  You might want to look at the difference between men and women of the same race and class.  For example, did lower class white men and white women get exploited to the same degree?  What sorts of opportunities did they each have to get ahead?

I would anticipate that your overall thesis will end up having something to do with the ways in which white women were or were not privileged relative to other groups.

Good luck!

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ctamer88 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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thanks so much, its for my California Experience class and I have to choose certain women..(indigenous women, spanish women, anglo american women) to certain eras ( goldrush, spanish era, indigenous past, etc) ..and combime gender class role...Do u thnk theres a better category i can choose that might make this paper easier. Like instead of choosing the anglo women during gold rush?

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