History 101.012

Spring 2006
Instructor (text): 
175 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11

This research seminar will explore U.S. immigration and naturalization policies in the twentieth century. We will look particularly at the role the federal government has played in shaping immigration patterns and in defining legal meanings of citizenship, as well as try to understand the complex, often conflicting ways in which ideas about immigration, citizenship, and the nation intersected. The first few weeks of the course will be spent discussing selected readings and methodological questions; the remainder of the semester will focus on the process of researching and writing the 30-50-page final paper. Our campus libraries offer a wide range of primary source material (e.g., journals, government documents, newspapers, personal correspondences, etc.) for students to use as they pursue their projects. Students may choose from a number of possible topics but are strongly encouraged to locate specific research interests early in the semester.