Rewriting the Canon: A New Look at Political History

History 285D.004

Spring 2006
102 Barrows
Day & Time: 
Th 4-6

This class will support research projects on the modern US state. We will define ";modern"; as after Reconstruction, and we will define state as systems of public power. Specifically, we will be looking to write the history of political parties, public officials, and elections in ways that benefit from political history's more recent attentiveness to institutions, political culture, and social movements that effect political change. In what ways can we formulate new questions about the declarative moments and modes of politics once we escape from their self-styled presentation? I especially welcome projects that focus on more ";recent"; history--as in the 1960s and beyond--provided sources are available and an answerable historical question can be devised about such topics.