History 101.003

Fall 2006
Instructor (text): 
201 Giannini
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30

This seminar will allow students to pursue research interests in US History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The guiding historical problems are threefold and interrelated: (1) the development and impact of specific forms of difference (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class); (2) how these differences come to be expressed as identities; and (3) the role of power in shaping these various, at times overlapping, histories of difference and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, and cultural history. Students with interdisciplinary, comparative, and adventurous research projects will be welcomed. As an integral part of the seminar, we will discuss selected interpretive, theoretical, and methodological issues generated by a limited number of core readings, in part to be designed by the participants.

Doe and Bancroft Libraries have innumerable resources that students might consult, from newspapers, government data, letters and archival collections, on one hand, to special collections on Social Movements and the recent Social Movements of Communities of Color, on the other. Also there are specialized libraries, like those in Ethnic Studies and African American Studies, and special research holdings, like Professor Alan Dundes' Folklore Archive and various collections in the Music Library, that might prove useful.

The list of possible paper topics is vast, including: ";Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Making of Modern American Feminism: 1920-1970";; ";From Negro to Black: Art, Politics, and the Black Arts Movement";; ";Women in the United Farm Workers Union";; ";Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Punk Rock."; >>> Note: Lawrence Levine's classic study Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom will be a principal core reading.