History 101.008

Spring 2006
Section: 
Instructor (text): 
Spear
Location: 
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12:30-2
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Units: 
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This course is designed for students who wish to write their 101 paper on any topic in North American history before 1848. Because the availability of primary source materials will greatly determine the types of projects possible, we will spend the first few weeks exploring the types of sources available on campus and on-line, including laws and court cases; published correspondence and personal papers; censuses; newspapers; travel, captivity, and ex-slave narratives; and ship passenger lists. We will also read some samples of the kinds of scholarship that is possible based on these materials. The remainder of the semester will be spent researching a chosen topic, drafting, and revising a 30-50 page thesis.