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103D.002 Spring 2008 "Race" and Racism in the United States in Comparative Perspective

Though the concept of ";race"; has been scientifically assailed as a means for capturing human biological variation, the practice of racism â€_Ä" premised on a particular belief in race â€_Ä" has been, and remains, a potent force. How and why has race been made real in U.S. history and with what consequences? What kinds of initiatives have been pursued to un-make race and racism and with what effects? How have the historical experiences of making and unmaking race and racism converged and diverged for different racialized groups?

101.01 Spring 2008 American Immigration History from the Colonial Period to the Present

This class will allow students to pursue research projects in the field of American immigration history. Student research will culminate in the completion of a thirty to fifty page thesis. Given the breadth of the field, students are encouraged to approach the subject of American immigration history from a variety of perspectives.

101.015 Spring 2008 North America Before 1825

This course is designed for students who wish to write their 101 paper on any topic in North American history before 1825. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, military, and cultural history. Subjects dealing with Native Americans, African slavery, resistance, and topics discussing the American South will be particularly encouraged. The completion of an analytical paper of substantial length is required.

101.017 Spring 2008 Hollywood

In this class, students will work primarily with Hollywood feature films to address some aspect of twentieth-century American history. Because most students will be unfamiliar with film study, we will spend slightly longer than usual at the beginning of the semester on method. We will discuss the technique of formal analysis and some classic works in film theory to determine whether these are useful to historians. We will then read a few recent studies to appreciate the variety of ways in which historians have used movies as their primary source.

101.002 Spring 2008 War and American Society: From World War I to the War in Vietnam

We want to ask how war affects social and cultural experiences, including the wartime and post war lives of soldiers, families and children, business and technology, gender and sexual patterns, as well as changes in sensibility, in civic consciousness, and attitudes towards violence. Students will be expected to write a first and second draft, and to share their research and writing activities with both small tutorial groups and with the class as a whole.

101.016 Spring 2008 American and European Tourism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

What is tourism? Who is a tourist? What is the historical significance of traveling somewhere to experience something unfamiliar? According to some, tourism has been essential in crafting national culture in both the U.S. and Europe. Others have argued that tourism has made the world nothing more than a supermarket of safe sights and experiences. These questions and more will guide this research seminar, which invites students to develop and answer an original research question about an aspect of European or American tourism during the past two centuries.

101.006 Spring 2008 Law, Morality, and the Market: US Legal History, 1776 -present

This research seminar explores cultural and social approaches to the history of American law, from 1609 to the present, and guides students through the process of writing a senior research paper in the field of American legal history. In the first few weeks of the semester, we will orient ourselves in the historiography, chiefly by reading and discussing some of its most innovative scholarship.

100.001 Summer 2007 American History through Film

Over the past two centuries, America has formed a distinctive culture within which certain themes and issues have found repeated expression. The significance of the frontier, the role of violence, the nature of racial difference, the meaning of citizenship and character of politics, the value of athletics, and the attainability of individual and social perfection are all themes that have evolved but yet persisted within American ideology, political discourse, and art.

127AC Summer 2007 California

For centuries, California has been imagined and experienced in a variety of ways. For Native Americans, the land we call California was part of their fabric of life. For the imperial builders of the Spanish empire, it was both a link to expansive trade and ";el ultimo rincon del mundo."; For Mexican ranchers, it was a pastoral land filled with natural abundance and accented with deprivation.

N131B Summer 2007 US Social History Since the Civil War

This course covers US social history from the Civil War to the present. Among major topics include: immigration, urbanization, the rise of mass culture and consumer culture, new educational and social institutions, changes in the family and life course, shifting sexual norms and gender roles, race and class relations, and social protest movements.

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