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103D.002 Spring 2009 Taxes and Politics

Why are taxes so complicated? Are they as complicated as they seem? Who really pays them? Who doesn't? And, perhaps most important, who decides? What is the history of 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 t tell us about it? This seminar will look at literature about the history of taxation, mainly though not only in the United States, and think about taxation in relation to political, economic, and even cultural history.

101.012 Spring 2009 Writing the History of American Foreign Relations

American history has been decisively shaped by U.S. interactions with the world, just as the United States has enduringly impacted larger international society. These interactions have become an important and exciting area of historical research. In this 101, ";Writing the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,"; students will undertake original research on the history of United States in its relations with the larger world. While some will chose to write on diplomacy and statecraft â€_Ä" long-standing priorities in the field of U.S.

103D.003 Spring 2009 Food and Eating Practices in the U.S. and Europe Since the Nineteenth-Century

The topic of alimentary practices (those related to food and eating) has risen to prominence in the popular media. In any given week, The New York Times Bestseller list features a significant number of texts on what to eat, how to eat, where to source food and what is real food, among others. The celebrity chef phenomenon and organic food movements have gained broad followings as well. By considering food in its historical context in the U.S. and Europe (primarily Britain and France), this seminar helps you make sense of the food entertainment, journalism and politics surrounding us.

101.02 Spring 2009 Economy and Politics in Nineteenth-Century America

This thesis seminar invites students to investigate aspects of the American political and economic systems of the 1800s. The terms ";economy";
and ";politics"; can be broadly defined, but students must be prepared to narrow their focus in order to identify manageable questions and the
available sources to answer them. The major course requirement, of course, is the final research paper, but also important is thoughtful

101.009 Spring 2009 Difference, Identity, and Power - The US from 1800-1990

This seminar will allow students to pursue research interests in US History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The guiding historical problems are threefold and interrelated: (1) the development and impact of specific forms of difference (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class); (2) how these differences come to be expressed as identities; and (3) the role of power in shaping these various, at times overlapping, histories of difference and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, and cultural history.

101.004 Spring 2009 Researching Children and Youth in American History

Students will be required to write on a subject relating to the history of children and youth in the United States from 1865 to 1968. These subjects can concern child-rearing and family life, play and consumption, work, politics, and education. Students will be required to research primary materials and to write a prospectus, first and second draft according to a firm calendar.

7B Summer 2008 The United States Since the Civil War

History 7B will present the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War up to the present. We will cover the era of Reconstruction, the legacy of slavery, the rise of industrialization, the U.S. becoming a world power, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and, time permitting, the War in Iraq. While we will deal with political, economic and military history, the primary focus of the class will be on cultural history.

285D.002 Fall 2008 American Modernity Revisited

This research seminar explores the making and unmaking of American modernity, with particular emphasis on law, culture, and politics. Students will be guided through the process of framing, researching, and writing an article-length paper on a topic of their choice (to be developed in consultation with the instructor). In the first few weeks of the semester we will orient ourselves in the article genre, chiefly by reading and critiquing some of the most innovative and influential article-length scholarship in the fields of legal, cultural, and political history.

285D.001 Fall 2008 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States

This seminar will invite students to conduct research on some topic of immigration to and ethnicity in the United States. Issues that might be the basis for research include patterns of migration and migration networks; ethnicization, pluralism, and assimilation; immigration law; gender, immigration, and ethnicity; nativism and inter-ethnic conflict; and religion and ethnicity. The first few weeks of the seminar will include common reading and discussion of a variety of approaches to the study of immigration and ethnicity.


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