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Two works published in 1984 demonstrate contrasting [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2011, 05:59
Two works published in 1984 demonstrate
contrasting approaches to writing the history of
United States women. Buel and Buel’s biography of
Mary Fish (1736–1818) makes little effort to place
her story in the context of recent historiography on
women. Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to
write the history of women in one southern
community, but also to redirect two decades of
historiographical debate as to whether women
gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as
compared with the eighteenth century. Although
both books offer the reader the opportunity to
assess this controversy regarding women’s status,
only Lebsock’s deals with it directly. She examines
several different aspects of women’s status, helping
to refi ne and resolve the issues. She concludes that
while women gained autonomy in some areas,
especially in the private sphere, they lost it in many
aspects of the economic sphere. More importantly,
she shows that the debate itself depends on frame
of reference: in many respects, women lost power
in relation to men, for example, as certain jobs
(delivering babies, supervising schools) were taken
over by men. Yet women also gained power in
comparison with their previous status, owning a
higher proportion of real estate, for example. In
contrast, Buel and Buel’s biography provides ample
raw material for questioning the myth, fostered by
some historians, of a colonial golden age in the
eighteenth century but does not give the reader
much guidance in analyzing the controversy over
women’s status.


According to the passage, Lebsock’s work differs from Buel and Buel’s work in that Lebsock’s work
(A) uses a large number of primary sources
(B) ignores issues of women’s legal status
(C) refuses to take a position on women’s status in the eighteenth century
(D) addresses larger historiographical issues
(E) fails to provide suffi cient material to support its claims
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2011, 08:08
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2011, 08:57
Yes D it is,

Please explain how you arrived at D and why not C
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2011, 06:03
Buel and Buel’s biography of
Mary Fish (1736–1818) makes little effort to place
her story in the context of recent historiography on
women. Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to
write the history of women in one southern
community, but also to redirect two decades of
historiographical debate as to whether women
gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as
compared with the eighteenth century.

You can get the answer from this segment seems direct question
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 05:44
I was confused b/w C & D coz both applies to Lebsock. I think C is NOT correct coz even Buel did NOT take any position for women's status and question is how Buel and Lebsock DIFFERS in their approach. What do you think ...

It happens to me, i find the answer to my queries when i post them on forum :) strange but true..
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 14:44
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As to why the answer is not (C), the passage says that Lebsock is redirecting the debate on women's status in the eighteenth vs. the nineteenth century. To say that she is redirecting the debate means she is shifting the focus of the debate. In doing so, she is answering the question regarding women's status in the eighteenth vs. nineteenth century (the passage goes on to articulate her position on the issue), not, as answer (C) states, "refusing to take a position..."

(D) is the answer because the passage states that, unlike Lebsock, Buel and Buel make little effort to place the biography in the context of the historiography on women.
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2011, 06:16
Chris,

"redirect" is used to emphasize the redirection from 18th to 19th century. Read below:

Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to write the history of women in one southern community, but also to redirect two decades of historiographical debate as to whether women gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as compared with the eighteenth century

Also she is debating, till the end of passage, whether women lost or gained status which shows she hasn't taken any position.
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2011, 11:35
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The ‘redirect’ in the passage refers to the two decades of debate not to the 18th and 19th century. Think of it this way, a group is discussing an issue and a person comes along and basically says, “Hey, we have to think of this issue differently.”

In this case, the issue is women’s status in the 18th and 19th century. Lebsock clearly address this (or takes a position) in the lines:

She concludes that
while women gained autonomy in some areas,
especially in the private sphere, they lost it in many
aspects of the economic sphere.



The focus of course is the question, which is asking how she differs from B&B. For (C) to be the correct answer, the passage would need to clearly indicate that Lebsock never took a position. Perhaps the debate was too vague, etc. And, by contrast, the passage would have to outline how B&B clearly took a position.

According to the passage, though, the difference between B&B and Lebsock is clear:

“Buel and Buel’s biography of
Mary Fish (1736–1818) makes little effort to place
her story in the context of recent historiography on
women. Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to
write the history of women in one southern
community, but also to redirect two decades of
historiographical debate as to whether women
gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as
compared with the eighteenth century”



Let me know if that helps!
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Re: Buel and Buel’s biography of Mary Fish   [#permalink] 28 Dec 2011, 11:35
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