Making American Culture(s)

History 280D

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
Tu 200-400

We will analyze selected readings in US cultural history, with an emphasis on the complexity and diversity of American culture(s). In addition, we will necessarily examine issues of difference, identity and power and their relationship to the history of American culture(s). Texts will likely include: James W. Cook, et. al. ,eds., The Cultural Turn in U.S. History; Lawrence W. Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness; Jean M. O’Brien, Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England; Michael Denning, The Cultural Front, Catherine S. Ramirez, The Woman in the Zoot Suit; Karl Hagstrom Miller, Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow. Requirements will include at least two papers, one of which will be a historiographical essay (15pp.). The other can be an exploratory essay on a possible dissertation idea.

Course Books

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the US by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Beacon. ISBN: 978-0807057834 Required
The Power of the Zoot by Luis Alvarez California. ISBN: 978-0520261549 Required
Jim and Jap Crow by Matthew Briones Princeton. ISBN: 978-0691161938 Required
Imperial Blues by Fiona Ngo Duke. ISBN: 978-0822355397 Required
To Serve God and Wal-Mart by Bethany Moreton Harvard. ISBN: 978-0674057401 Required
Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul Harper. ISBN: 978-0062123329 Required
Stayin' Alive by Jeferson Cowie The New Press. ISBN: 978-1595587077 Required
Segregating Sound by Karl Hagstrom Miller Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0-8223-4700-2 Required
The Cultural Turn in US History by James W. Cook, Chicago. ISBN: 978-0-226-11507-8 Required
No Coward Soldiers by Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Harvard. ISBN: 9-780674-015074 Required
Black Culture and Black Consciousness by Lawrence W. Levine Oxford. ISBN: 978-0195305685 Required
The Woman in the Zoot Suit by Catherine S. Ramirez Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822343035 Required
The Cultural Front by Michael Denning Verso. ISBN: 978-1844674640 Required
Firsting and Lasting by Jean M. O'Brien University of Minnesota. ISBN: 978-0816665785 Required