Introduction to the Literature of U.S. History

History 275D.001

Fall 2005
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4

This course is an introduction to the literature of U.S. history (or the history of what would become the U.S.) from the beginning of European settlement to the Civil War. It is also an introduction to the study of history at the graduate level, which will focus on teaching you the particular reading and analytical skills that distinguish a professional approach to the historical literature from other ways of reading history books. We will cover basic factual information, but we will emphasize the characteristic interpretive frameworks through which American history literatures have developed. Major topics include (but are not limited to): the process of colonization, Native American history, slavery, the development of political institutions, industrialization, and the causes of the Civil War.

The requirements are consistent attendance and preparation, active participation in the seminar sessions, a couple of short essays over the course of the semester, and a final paper at the end.