History 101.004

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
180 Barrows
Day & Time: 
WF 4-5:30

Using the Emma Goldman Papers archive of over 40,000 primary source documents as a base and starting point for further research, the editors will guide the students through the writing of research papers in a variety of turn-of-the century radical movements-including anarchist, socialist, liberal, free speech, women's and worker's rights, immigrant and grassroots activism, as well as the modern school movement and the various transnational cultural interchange including the influence of European drama on America. The material lends itself to reflections on attitudes about violence in an era in which the government and unions clashed bitterly; and about women's freedom, especially in an era in which sexuality was both a source of destabilization and liberation. Access to a variety of sources-correspondence, newspaper clippings, published and unpublished manuscripts, court trial transcripts, inter-government memos, and a remarkable array of radical journals from the period-will offer each student a unique research opportunity.

Backed by the library and grounded in a unique archive (which has become a destination point for international scholarship), history 101 students can choose a provocative topic in an under-represented field of history, experience the excitement of charting new historical terrain-and, perhaps, have the opportunity (with the help of the editors of the Goldman Papers) to publish their findings. Each student will learn basic research skills, document analysis, and hone their ability to assess primary and secondary history sources in the broad subject areas of social, cultural, and political activism 'on the margins.'