United States

101.002 Fall 2007 Slavery and Race in American Politics, 1776-1876

Slavery and race profoundly influenced American politics through Reconstruction, and well beyond. Slaveholders constituted one of the most powerful and cohesive economic interest groups in American history, and race-based slavery shaped basic cultural assumptions of nearly all Americans. The far-reaching effects of slavery and race have pervaded American political life in ways that historians are still discovering. Students in this seminar will explore how slavery and race affected political thought, behaviors, and institutions in this period.

103D.002 Fall 2007 Intepreting the Politics of the Early United States

How should we interpret the political life of the early United States? What did it mean? Was the United States a free country and, if so, in what senses? Did it have democratic government, and how should we define ";democratic";? These questions have always lay at the heart of the most thoroughly studied era of U.S. political history, the period from the Revolution to the Civil War. This seminar will do several things.

103D.007 Fall 2007 American Immigration Law and Policy in Historical Perspective

Immigration reform has been a subject of major debate among the nation's politicians and policymakers. This course explores the historical origins of these contemporary debates, offering an overview of American immigration policy from the colonial period to the present. As a survey of immigration law and policy, the course traces the development of the major legal, political, and institutional (particularly the Border Patrol and the INS) mechanisms used to regulate immigration over time.

101.008 Fall 2007 Americans and the World: Experiences and Perceptions in the 20th Century

This course will help students pursue research topics related to how Americans have experienced, imagined and understood the rest of the world. We will ask and attempt to answer some of the following questions:

103D.009 Fall 2007 U.S. Intellectual History, 1865-1980

This course traces the history of the United States since the Civil War through its ideas. How have intellectuals understood, reacted to, or encouraged such developments as the growth of the corporation, imperialism, Jim Crow segregation, the wars of the twentieth century, the United States' rise to global prominence, the consumer revolution, the social movements of the 1960s, and the conservative backlash in the 1980s? The answers to such questions will be explored through two activities. First, students will read a blend of primary and secondary sources and discuss them in class.

103D.004 Fall 2007 Land of Desire: Selected Topics in U.S. Cultural History

This seminar introduces students to the rich historiography of modern American cultural history, and will be especially useful for any student intending to write a 101 paper in that field. Taking the emergence of consumer capitalism, after 1877, as our central organizing theme, we will explore some of the key rituals, discourses, structural transformations, and ideologies that, over time, made America the leading consumer society of its age.


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