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University of Connecticut
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19th-century US, gender, women's history, cultural history, print culture, publishing, media, consumerism
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About Me

Amy Sopcak-Joseph is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Connecticut.  She is interested in gender and print culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America.  She has received research fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, American Antiquarian Society, Winterthur Library, Virginia Historical Society, and the Northeast Regional Fellowship Consortium.

She is currently completing her dissertation, “Fashioning American Women: Godey’s Lady’s Book, Female Consumers, and Periodical Publishing in the Nineteenth Century.”  She positions Godey’s Lady’s Book, an antebellum women’s magazine, as central to the emergence of modern advertising and gendered consumerism. This project brings together the histories of gender, periodical publishing, and the early American economy to trace how publisher Louis Godey deviated from his colleagues and increasingly looked at women as eager participants in the market economy. Consequently, the parlor magazine became phenomenally popular among middle-class women. It helped sculpt their modes of consumerism; it connected women to goods and turned many into saleswomen themselves.

Recent Publications

“Following the Fashions: A Basic American Pastime,” The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, September 14, 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Economic History, Gender, Women