United States

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.

101.016 Spring 2007 American Popular and Consumer Culture, 1920-1970

This research seminar will focus on the intersections between popular and consumer culture in America from 1920 to 1970. The goal of this course is for students to conduct primary source research in this broad theme and produce a thoughtful, well-written thesis based on that research. Approaches involving gender and race are welcome, and students may consider literature, advertisements, film, etc., as some potential sources. Projects may range outside of the set timeframe as long as they still overlap with it.

101.018 Spring 2007 Slavery and American Politics, 1787-1860

This seminar will focus on the politics of slavery in the United States from the formation of the Constitution to the onset of the Civil War. We will define ";politics"; broadly, to encompass both political institutions and political culture, which will allow for a wide range of topics and sources. Possible areas for research include: slavery and party politics; the political culture of the Southern gentry; Northern racism; abolitionist thought; slavery and foreign policy.


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