United States

C139C Fall 2016 Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History

Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History presents a top-down (political and legal history), bottom-up (social and cultural history), and comparative (by race and ethnicity as well as region) view of America's struggles for racial equality from roughly World War II until the present.

124A Fall 2016 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II

For individuals born at the end of the Civil War in 1865 and living through the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, their 76 years of life would have witnessed profound technological, social, and ideological change. Innovations such as the telephone, airplane, and automobile transformed American business and reoriented social life. As the power of businesses grew, factory workers and farmers responded with uneven success.

103D.005 Fall 2016 In Capitalism We Trust: American Business History from Cotton to Foreclosure (Proseminar in United States History)

When President Calvin Coolidge declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business,” he was not making a historical argument, though it would have been a defensible one. Nearly a century earlier, French visitor, Alexis de Tocqueville, made a similar observation. Indeed, America was colonized by joint-stock corporations! Understanding the history of American capitalism therefore unlocks a great deal about America itself. How did capital become capitalism and how did capitalism affected Americans’ lives?

103D.001 Fall 2016 Slavery and Servitude in the United States (Proseminar in United States History)

This course will explore various systems of involuntary servitude that have been developed and practiced in British North America and the United States. We will read about and discuss indigenous systems of bondage, indigenous enslavement at the hands of European settlers, the transport and indentured servitude of European migrants, the British inter-colonial slave trade, and the coerced servitude of Chinese migrants and indigenous women in the 19th century.

100D Fall 2016 The Nature of History

Although History is frequently classified as one of the humanities, many natural sciences, from evolutionary biology to climate science, also focus on historical change. How did these different disciplines evolve? Why are we all in different parts of campus? How do those histories shape contemporary practice, in the academy but also in public life? This course is a history of historical thought and practice in the historical sciences, from stratigraphy and historical source criticism in the 18th century, to climate history in the early 21st.

7A Fall 2016 United States History to 1865

This course surveys U.S. history from the contact era to the end of the Civil War. Early American history was defined first and foremost by interactions between populations that had developed in isolation from one another for millennia. As Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans interacted in North America from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, their lives were transformed in fundamental ways. Our lives today are still shaped by the opportunities and challenges these people faced, and by the choices they made.

100AC Summer 2016 Special Topics in the History of the United States: "Defiant Women: Gender, Power and Violence in American History"

Taking as its focus diverse groups of women who have shaped the course of North American history, this class will explore the relationship between gender, power and violence from the colonial period to the modern era. We will discuss how women have challenged conventional notions of “womanhood” through their words and their deeds, how their respective communities understood their behavior, and we will contemplate the ways in which these women simultaneously constructed narratives of power that do not conform to contemporary conceptualizations of their lives.

100D.002 Spring 2016 Digital Humanities and Topics In Black History: The Mapping of Black Historical Events From the Beginning of Slavery to Reconstruction

This class examines classic themes and topics in African-American History, from the beginning of slavery to Reconstruction. Often literary bias has kept black history hermetically sealed in a vault of printed texts. Now, however, scholars in Digital Humanities have  developed tools that are beginning to liberate historical events from the printed text and set them free in a fresh digital environment. By using these new techniques we are now able to plot the events of black history in space and time.

103D.004 Spring 2016 Contested Resources: Conservation, Controversy, and Economic and Cultural Autonomy in America

This course will explore the intersections between cultural and natural resources, local, national, and international conservation policies, and social, political, and environmental boundaries.

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