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103D.002 Spring 2017 Making a Modern African American Liberation Struggle: From Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond

The African American Liberation Struggle, broadly conceived, is the enduring, multi-faceted, and complex freedom struggle waged by Africans in the Americas from the period of enslavement down to the present. Our focus will be a narrow and specific location and time within that broad and centuries-long liberation/freedom struggle: the US from 1940 to 1980.

103D.001 Spring 2017 Locked Up: The Carceral State in the Twentieth Century

This seminar will explore how incarceration has shaped our past, and uses the prison as an entry point into central questions in twentieth century social, political, and legal history. We will define "incarceration" expansively to travel beyond the penitentiary: to prison labor colonies in the Soviet north, Nazi concentration camps, exile, and the American South.

275D.001 Fall 2016 Introduction to North American Historiography

A rapid immersion class, this is the orientation course for entering graduate students intending to study the history of North America, whether as a first or second field. Graduate students from all fields are welcome. A reading intensive class, 275D surveys the historiography of most of the key fields of North American History and introduces students to Berkeley’s North Americanist faculty, each of whom will visit the class for a face-to-face discussion of their work and respective subfield/s of research.

134A Fall 2016 The Age of the City

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.

103D.006 Fall 2016 US Latino/a History since 1848 (Proseminar in United States History)

This course introduces students to the experiences of major Latina/o populations in the US since 1848. While the term “Latina/o” encompasses a diverse set of peoples from the western hemisphere, in this course we consider some of the similarities among people descending from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central America, and their historical experiences in the US.

103D.004 Fall 2016 Landscapes of the Americas: Environments of our Making (Proseminar in the United States)

How do the spaces and places we inhabit affect our lives? What is the relationship between the environment and politics, culture, and social change? How have struggles over land and space defined the course of history and changed the way we understand our place in the world?

103D.003 Fall 2016 Taxes and Politics (Proseminar in United States History)

Why are taxes so complicated? Are they as complicated as they seem? Who really pays them? Who doesn't? And, perhaps most important, how are these decisions made? What is the history of American income taxes, property taxes, payroll taxes, inheritance taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, and the rest? And, most generally, what does the tax structure of a society tell us about it?

103D.002 Fall 2016 The Border (Proseminar in United States History)

According to one of its most eloquent students, the U.S. Mexican border is an open wound "where the third world grates against the first and bleeds." Today hundreds of millions of people cross the border every year, legally and illegally, along with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods. This seminar will explore the history of the border zone, both as an unsettled region where millions live and work, and as a uniquely unequal frontier that attracts money, power, bodies, and commodities from around the world.

100AC.001 Fall 2016 The History of Women in the United States before 1900

This course is a survey of the history of women in America from the pre-colonial period to the turn of the twentieth century.  It examines the significant cultural, economic, and political developments that shaped the lives of American women but places gender at the center of historical analysis.  The course also stresses the variety of women's experiences, acknowledging the importance of race, ethnicity, and class in shaping female lives.


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