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127AC Spring 2014 California

After explaining how people have viewed California throughout its history, this course explores the unique environmental diversity of the region. Then, we examine the settlement of distinct regions of California and the particular indigenous communities that emerged in these places. Students will also explore the motives for and consequences of Spanish exploration, colonization, and the establishment of missions. From the arrival of the Spanish through the end of the nineteenth century, changes in the treatment and demography of the California Indians figure prominently.

125B Spring 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.

121B Spring 2014 The American Revolution

This course will explore the history of eastern North America and the West Indies in the second half of the 18th century, in order to determine what was "revolutionary" about this history, as well as what was not.

134A Spring 2014 The Age of the City, 1825-1933

This course examines the century of urban growth between 1825 and 1933, a period that witnessed the advent of big cities in the United States. With an emphasis on large metropolitan spaces (such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles), but also considering smaller ones (such as Boston, Pittsburg, and New Orleans), we will explore the ways that cities fostered unprecedented forms of personal interaction, popular culture, and class and social conflict.

C132B Spring 2014 Intellectual History of the United States since 1865

In this course we will examine key developments in U.S. thought since the middle of the nineteenth century, roughly beginning with the reception of Darwin in the 1860s. The story told in the class weaves together the history of science, the arts and popular culture, philosophy, and education. Our goal is to trace the effects that ideas--whether they are dominant, challenging, or nostalgic--have had on how Americans live together. The sciences and the arts have provided raw material for an on-going reconstruction of how to understand and interpret the world.

130B Spring 2014 The United States and the World Since 1945

This course will explore the history of U.S. relations with the external world during the second half of the twentieth century. It will emphasize the reciprocal nature of the American Republic's international relations, asking both how the external world has affected the historical development of the United States and how the U.S. has impacted the course of larger global events.

124B Spring 2014 The "American Century": The United States from World War II to the Great Recession

World War II is considered a watershed moment in American history for good reason. It marks the beginning of the “American Century,” when the United States emerged as a true world power. It was a country that had delivered a victory for the Allies, ended its Great Depression, and realized its capacity to advance its values around the globe. That the U.S. boasted an evolving economy, political stability, and military might meant it held a unique position on the world stage.

101.019 Spring 2014 Popular Culture In/As U.S. History

How does experience with popular culture anchor someone in a particular time and place? Defined by one scholar as “the expressive practices of everyday life,” popular culture includes religious rituals, sports spectatorship, foodways, pedagogy, and musical trends. It can be experienced as a national, regional, local, or cultural practice. Depending on the ways in which these “practices” are constructed and by whom, popular culture can make legible, and earn consent for, forms of political, economic, and social power, or it can challenge these forms of power.

101.018 Spring 2014 Topics in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in America

This 101 course is geared toward students who want to study any one—or all—of the title topics. It is specifically organized to emphasize the intersection of all three, not because each paper is expected to do so but because this will allow the most inclusive, integrative class discussions about all the papers. Race, gender, and sexuality are all integral components of human identity, and therefore discussions about them frequently overlap.

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