United States

103D.003 Spring 2014 The Spaces of the United States

With a few clicks of a button we can virtually connect with family, friends, and colleagues across the world. New mapping technologies allow us to visualize our location in space as a pulsing dot, tracking the digital representation of our bodies as we physically move from one point to the next. With Google Earth and maps we zoom with ease from views of the entire globe to the most intimate of spaces - the home. While these technologies and transformations are relatively new, the relationship between humans and space is long-standing and historically contingent.

103D.002 Spring 2014 Slavery and Freedom in American History

This class will explore the role of bonded and free labor the making of America. The course will focus primarily on the 17th to 19th centuries, exploring the ways labor systems evolved over time and the relationships between forced labor, capitalism and empire. Major topics will include the trans-Atlantic slave trade, indentured servitude, slave markets, plantation work regimes, wage “slavery,” and both the ideology and economics of slavery and freedom.  The course will move thematically through five modules.

7B Spring 2014 The United States from Civil War to Present

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. It is also an introduction to the ways historians look at the past and think about evidence. Rather than a matter of memorizing names and dates, history is about framing the truest and most complete stories we can to explain wide ranges of human experience. Although this course will touch on many subjects, it will track three main narrative lines.

101.004 Fall 2013 Topics in US, Borderlands and Environmental History

This course is intended for students working on a 101 thesis on any topic within U.S. history. Students working on topics in environmental history or on North American borderlands history are also welcome.

103D.009 Fall 2013 Science and American Business

This course introduces students to the history of science and business history. Generally conceived as two separate fields, in fact there is a rich - and fascinating - relationship between the two.

103D.003 Fall 2013 Time in American History

This seminar explores changes in timekeeping and temporal experience in the United States, from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.  In a period of great social change and rapid accelerations in communication and transportation, how did different groups of Americans track their hours, da ys, weeks, and seasons?  How did they regulate or resist the rhythms of work and leisure?  How did they think about the passage of time and its meaning?  Finally, how do historians go about uncovering such fundamental but elusive experiences? 

103D.004 Fall 2013 The Gilded Age

Now that many commentators are calling our own time a Second Gilded Age, it makes sense to take a closer look at the first.  The modern commentators are thinking mainly about economic inequality and the political power of business.  But this was also a period of close and vicious party competition, with conflicts ranging from race and voting rights to constant congressional investigations of presidents.

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