Survey-US/North American History Since 1607

History 275D

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
Th 2-4P
A rapid immersion class, this is the orientation course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of North America, whether as a first or second field. Graduate students from all fields are welcome. A reading intensive class, 275D surveys the state of most of the key fields of North American History and introduces students to Berkeley’s North Americanist faculty, each of whom will visit the class for a face-to-face discussion of their work and respective field/s of research. In preparation, students will read a mix of classic and leading edge texts with a view to orienting themselves in the various historiographies. These include the Atlantic World, History of Slavery, History of Capitalism, and Legal, Cultural, Borderlands, Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights, African American, Intellectual, and International History. As well as reading widely in the North American field, students will have the opportunity to dig more deeply into two subfields of their choice through their written work and in-class presentations.

Course Books

High Brow, Low Brow by Levine, Lawrence Harvard U. P.. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0674390775 Required
Race, Reform and Rebellion by Marable, Manning U. Mississippi Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1578061549 Required
The Global Cold War by Westad, Odd Arne Cambridge U. P. . ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0521703147 Required
The Claims of Kinfolk by Dylan Penningroth University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0807854761 Required
Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault Verso. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0679752554 Required
The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics... by Richard White Cambridge U.P. . ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0521183444 Required
Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert Knopf. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0375414145 Required
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas by David Eltis Cambridge U. P.. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0521655484 Required
The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 by Mark Brilliant Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199927593 Required
Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520282223 Required
A Super Power Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s by Daniel J. Sargent Oxford. ISBN: 978-0195395471 Required
How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States by Joanne Meyerowitz Harvard. ISBN: 0674013794 Required
The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 by Rebecca McLennan Cambridge. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0521537834 Required
War of a Thousand Deserts by Brian Delay Yale. ISBN: 13: 978-0300158373 Required
Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson Harvard. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0674005396 Required
The Postal Age by David Henkin University of Chicago. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0226327211 Required