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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.

138T Fall 2014 History of Science in the U.S. CalTeach

The course covers the history of science in the U.S. from the colonial period up to the present. We will be focusing on the unique situation of the sciences within the changing U.S. context, emphasizing debates over the place of science in intellectual, cultural, religious, and political life. As we examine the mutual shaping of national experience and scientific developments, we will also trace the emergence of institutions for the pursuit of scientific knowledge, with special attention to the relationships between science and technology and between science and the state.

138 Fall 2014 History of Science in the U.S

The course covers the history of science in the U.S. from the colonial period up to the present. We will be focusing on the unique situation of the sciences within the changing U.S. context, emphasizing debates over the place of science in intellectual, cultural, religious, and political life. As we examine the mutual shaping of national experience and scientific developments, we will also trace the emergence of institutions for the pursuit of scientific knowledge, with special attention to the relationships between science and technology and between science and the state.

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.

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