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HIST 4972W - 19th Century Social History

History topics considered social history:

  • Urban History, Suburban History, Rural History
  • History of gender (how masculinity, femininity, other gender identities were expressed/socially constructed and enforced)
  • History of racial and ethnic categories
  • History of Children/Childhood, Adolescence, Aging
  • History of Health, Illness, Medicine, Drugs, Disability
  •  Labor History, History of Slavery, History of Professions
  • Consumer History, History of (everyday) Technology
  • History of Migration
  • History of Social and Religious Movements
  • History that tries to document "lost voices"
  • History of Popular Culture (i.e., of magazines, religious revival meetings, sports/recreatation, social clubs)

Examples of Social History Work By Historians