The Repeopling of America

History 137AC

Fall 2005
101 Morgan
Day & Time: 
MWF 9-10
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • The United States has been termed a ";nation of immigrants."; And indeed, following the massive depopulation of the native populations, people from five continents over four centuries have moved to America. This course will provide an overview of that migration beginning with the colonial migration which brought the free and unfree to a less developed colonial region. It will follow the migration as the United States became a source of agricultural livelihoods and later an industrial power which exploited the labor of millions of industrial migrants in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Finally, the course will conclude with the ";post-industrial"; migrations which have recently brought refugees and service workers to the United States. In the course, we will focus on questions of antagonism and conflict between ";Americans"; and immigrants and between immigrant groups, the process of acculturation and ";Americanization,"; and the strategies used by immigrants to cope with a strange new world. The course readings will include novels and historical monographs of the immigrant experience.