United States

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.

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.

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