United States

103D.007 Fall 2014 Re-Imagining & Remembering:Environments, Communities & the Power of Stories

This course is designed to introduce students to a diverse array of approaches to social, spatial, and environmental history and how all fields benefit from the study of historical memory. We will especially focus on the intersections of these fields to explore how built and natural environments reflect particular cultures and societies at specific historical moments. To this end, we will analyze the stories that structure the identities and shape the historical memory of distinct communities.

103D.006 Fall 2014 Promised Land: Readings in California History

This seminar will explore the idea of California as “America’s America” through some of the latest and most innovative historical scholarship about the region. Topics will include exploration and conquest; frontier labor, economies, and politics; migration and immigration; urban growth and decline; gender, race, and ethnicity; and the changing myths of California and the American West. Students will discuss key historiographical debates while also reviewing research methods and writing styles.

103D.005 Fall 2014 Capitalism and the People in an Age of Reform

A diverse array of political movements strove to reform American capitalism between the first Gilded Age and the Second World War.  Throughout this period a series of grassroots efforts arose that focused on economic questions.  This course will explore how the American public mobilized during this era to reform the nation’s political economy. Unions, Progressives, Populists, Socialists, and others, all struggled to reshape or “tame” capitalism.

103D.004 Fall 2014 E Pluribus Barnum: Popular Entertainment in the United States

This course will explore how ordinary Americans entertained themselves before the early twentieth century. Since 1786, when Charles Wilson Peale founded his museum in Philadelphia as a place for art, lectures, scientific specimens, and natural history objects, Americans have used popular entertainment as a vehicle for both amusement and education. In this class, we will consider how the kinds of entertainment Americans engaged in changed over time, and how the justifications for participating in popular entertainment shifted as well.

103D.003 Fall 2014 The History of African American Women from Slavery to Freedom

This course will examine African-American women’s history from its beginnings through emancipation and Reconstruction.  Classes and coursework explore African origins of black female Americans, their experiences during the middle passage, and throughout the evolution of plantation slavery. It will focus upon the many historical changes that shaped African-American women’s lives and culture thereafter—from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

103D.002 Fall 2014 Deep History: The Republic of New England and the American Revolution

This course offers advanced history majors the opportunity to explore an important and focused topic in considerable depth. It will help to prepare you for History 101 – honors thesis writing – by developing your reading, analytical, research, and writing skills.  In recent years, a wealth of new scholarship has examined the meaning and changing nature of “republicanism” – the belief that the best form of government involves self-rule by means of representatives chosen by the voting public – in early modern England and colonial America.

280D Fall 2014 Reading and Writing in Early America

This seminar is offered both as an introduction to the social and cultural history of America between 1700 and 1900 and as an exploration of recent scholarship in the history of literate practice.  Overarching thematic concerns include the spread and meaning of literacy, the historical relationship between writing and print, the form and content of news transmission, the proliferation of life writing and personal correspondence, and the rise of new media of inscription.   Along the way, we will also cover such topics as slave literacy, intellectual property, education, white-

280D Fall 2014 North American Legal History to 1861

North American Legal History to 1861
History 280.D
Prof. Rebecca McLennan
Fall 2014

275D Fall 2014 Introduction to U.S. History and Historiography

This is the introductory course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of the United States, from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. Students will meet faculty working in American history, broadly defined. We will read key texts in the field and also discuss the practice of historical research, from prospectus to dissertation to book.


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