Introduction to U.S. History and Historiography

History 275D

Fall 2014
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 2-4P

This is the introductory course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of the United States, from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. Students will meet faculty working in American history, broadly defined. We will read key texts in the field and also discuss the practice of historical research, from prospectus to dissertation to book.

Course Books

The Color of America has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 by Mark Brilliant Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199927593 Required
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Waldo Martin University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520282223 Required
City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York by David Henkin Columbia University Press. ISBN: 978-0231107457 Required
The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 by Rebecca McLennan Cambridge University press. ISBN: 978-0521537834 Required
American Taxation, American Slavery by Robin Einhorn University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226194882 Required
The War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War by Brian Delay Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300158373 Required