United States

137AC Fall 2014 The Repeopling of America

The monuments of Plymouth Rock, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty embody our collective historical memory of immigration in the United States. But these icons obscure as much as they reveal. Immigration history is much more than a story of the search for religious freedom, the welcoming of European immigrants to the Eastern seaboard, and the supposed magnetic pull of a nation founded on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Immigrants have been treated differently because of their race, ethnicity, and nationality.

C132B Fall 2014 Intellectual History of the United States since 1865

In this course we examine key developments in U.S. thought since the middle of the nineteenth century, roughly beginning with the reception of Darwin in the 1860s.  Key topics to be addressed include nineteenth-century revolutions in science and religion; the emergence of pragmatism, the first original contribution to philosophy developed within the United States; early twentieth-century debates about modernity, urbanization, economic development, democracy, and pluralism; the impact of psychoanalysis, other new theories of psychological development, and existentialism on U.S.

125B Fall 2014 Soul Power: African American History 1861-1980

This course will examine the history of African Americans and race relations from the Civil War and Emancipation (1861-1865) through the modern African American Freedom Struggle (1954-1980), concluding with the post-Civil Rights-Black Power era (1980-2008). Social, cultural, and Social Change; the Harlem Renaissance; Civil Rights; Black Power; and, Beyond Civil Rights-Black Power. Possible texts: W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk; Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery; Jacqueline Royster, Ida B.

124A Fall 2014 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II

There is no period in American history quite like the first half of the 20th century, when the country as a whole transformed so rapidly and so dynamically. Within just a few decades, the United States became a modern industrialized nation, emerging as a new economic empire. It became a beacon for immigrants from all over the globe and, relatedly, home to some of the most cosmopolitan and densely populated cities in the world. This period in American history marked the rise of mass entertainment, mass religion, mass migrations, and mass politics.

120AC Fall 2014 American Environmental and Cultural History

This class examines how diverse human societies and natural environments have shaped one another throughout the history of the United States and the Americas more broadly. We will explore the consequences of the Pleistocene Extinctions, the development of agriculture, indigenous resource management, and the impacts of ecological encounters with European colonists.

84P Fall 2014 Sophomore Seminar: "American High: Years of Confidence and Anxiety, 1950-1964"

This seminar will meet the entire semester.

We will view and discuss movies made during these years in order to help us understand the era. In addition, we will make use of a reader of more conventional documents.  This might help us address the question, “What are the advantages and shortcomings of using movies for an understanding of the era in which they were made? Can movies give us a sense of what it was like to be alive in such times?”

7A Fall 2014 The United States from Settlement to Civil War

This course introduces the history of the lands that became the United States, from antiquity through the Civil War.  We will focus on interactions among Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans on the North American continent; the social, political, and environmental changes wrought by those interactions; the development of colonial societies and the formation of the United States; the spread of new ideas and cultural institutions; the clash of competing claims about power, rights, religious obligation, and the good life.

N158C Summer 2014 Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Europe 1914 to the Present - Session C

The twentieth century was the most devastating in the history of Europe. This course surveys the major developments that led to the wars and revolutions for which the century is famous.


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