Introduction to North American Historiography

History 275D

Fall 2018
2303 Dwinelle
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Tue 9am–12pm
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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, and may be particularly complementary for those studying modern Global, Latin American, and European History. Graduate students from all fields and disciplines are welcome. A reading intensive class, 275D surveys the historiography of most of the key fields of North American History and introduces students to the department's North Americanist faculty, each of whom will visit the class for a face-to-face discussion of their work and respective subfield/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, the History of Slavery, the History of Capitalism, and Environmental, Legal, Cultural, African American, Borderlands, Gender and Sexuality, Civil Rights, and International History. With an eye to coming to terms with not only some of the major historiographical and analytical debates but contending modes of periodization, we will tack between highly focused and more generalist treatments of particular eras. Finally, as well as reading widely in the North Americanist field, students will have the opportunity to dig more deeply into two subfields or literatures of their choice through their written work and in-class presentations.

Required texts:
Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives (2013)
Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom (2003 ed)
Daniel Richter, Facing East From Indian Country (2003 ed)
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2008)
Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (2015)
Brian Delay, War of A Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (Yale U. P., 2009)
Lissa K. Wadewitz, The Nature of Borders, Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea (2015)
David Henkin, The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America (2007)
Dylan Penningroth, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (2003)
Mark Brilliant, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 ( 2012)
David Gutierrez, Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity (1995)
Waldo Martin, Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party ( 2014)
Manning Marable, Race, Reform and Rebellion (2007)
Joanne Meyerowitz, How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States (2004).
Daniel Sargent, A Super Power Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (2015)
Rebecca M. McLennan, The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 (2008)
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1995)