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103D.008 Fall 2007 Encountering Asian Americans in American History

Asian American history is a history of encounters among people, communities, and nations as well as different academic disciplines. This seminar explores how the history of the Asian descent in the Americas has informed and contributed to intellectual trends, including transnational labor, immigration, nation-state formation, identity, and gender. The first half of the course examines Asian American history as part of the larger U.S. histories of immigration, ethnicity, community, and gender.

103D.003 Fall 2007 Triumph and Tragedy: The Sixties in the United States

Some depict and remember the 1960s as a decade of tumultuous change, when revolution was in the air and poetry was in the streets. Assessments that grapple with more than one event, person, or movement tend to depart from this impression, focusing instead on the continuities that the sixties shared with what came before and what followed after. This seminar will feature readings that could be enlisted to support (or contradict) both of these generalities, and we will look all the while to formulate more trenchant historical questions.

103D.005 Fall 2007 All Power to the People: From Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond

We will explore the origins, development, and consequences of both the Civil Rights (1941-1965) and Black Power (1965--1980) movements. Our goals will be threefold: (1) understanding each movement on its own terms; (2) comparing and contrasting the movements; and (3) historicizing the connections between them. Students will write a series of no more than 3 short position papers as well as a final essay.

103D.001 Summer 2007 On the Road: Images and Experiences of Travel and the American West 1800 to the Present

This class will explore the images, experiences, and cultural significance of travel in the 19th 20th & 21st century American West. The course meetings will be a mixture of discussion, student presentations, and visual source analysis. Sources will include secondary historical works on travel and movement in and about the West, fiction, film, and primary documents that record the experience of travel. Written work will include response and primary source papers.

101.017 Spring 2007 War in the Modern World, 1850 to the Present

Warfare is a dynamic and disturbing international phenomenon. This research seminar will afford serious students the opportunity to explore in-depth, through the research and writing of an original thesis, a facet of warfare occurring between the industrial and information revolutions. Students will be challenged to think broadly about the history of warfare from political, strategic, social, and cultural perspectives.

101.003 Spring 2007 American Political Culture

Much more than elections and statistics, politics unfolds within a layered social context and thereby offers rich opportunity for the historical analysis of culture. Political culture includes the ideals, beliefs, values, symbols, stories, and public rituals that bind people together and direct them in common action. Political action emanates from political culture, and can reflect, challenge, reinforce, or undermine that culture's ideals. Students in this seminar are invited to write a paper on American political culture, broadly defined.

103D.003 Spring 2007 Becoming An "American": Immigration, Culture and Society in 20th Century America

";Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history."; Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted, 1951

American history is largely the story of immigration. Through novels, memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, letters, and documentary films, we will investigate how American culture and society changed the lives of different groups of immigrants and how they, in turn, have transformed this country's racial, economic, political and cultural life.


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