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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.

101.007 Spring 2007 Twentieth Century U.S. Foreign Policy

This seminar will train the undergraduate to conduct original research in the history of 20th century U.S. foreign policy. After the introductory session, students will spend two weeks sampling the literature that analyzes current trends and problems in the historical profession. Then, instruction will emphasize the craft of writing as well as the proper use of primary sources. Students should have no problem finding materials.

103D.002 Spring 2007 Twentieth-Century U.S. Urban Culture

This seminar will explore how Americans defined and experienced urban living during the twentieth century. For many twentieth-century Americans, cities represented fragmented and disorderly places. Our course will explore how urban residents sought to apply a sense of order to urban culture. Towards this end, we will examine daily cultural practices such as consumption and larger public policy movements including urban redevelopment.

101.004 Spring 2007 Visionaries for Social Change: Oppositional Movements primarily in the U.S. and Europe 1890-1940

Using the Emma Goldman Papers archive of over 40,000 primary source documents as a base and starting point for further research, the editors will guide the students through the writing of research papers in a variety of turn-of-the century radical movements-including anarchist, socialist, liberal, free speech, women's and worker's rights, immigrant and grassroots activism, as well as the modern school movement and the various transnational cultural interchange including the influence of European drama on America.

285D.001 Fall 2006 Capitalism, Slavery, and Politics in Nineteenth Century America

This seminar is designed for students who want to conduct research on topics related to the political history of the United States in the nineteenth century. Common readings will be tailored around the particular interests of students, but will focus on such broad political history topics as the revival of interest in political economy and policy history, the impact of slavery on American politics, and the ways in which antebellum practices shaped aspects of the polity after the Civil War.

285D.002 Fall 2006 Mid-20th Century U.S. Intellectual History

This graduate research seminar is devoted to the study of the United States during the quarter-century running from the end of the 1930s through the beginning of the 1960s. Although the instructor will try to accommodate students whose interests run more in the direction of political than intellectual history, the seminar's intended concentration will be on intellectual activity, especially as taking place in one or more of the following closely related matrices: 1) the
engagement with societies and cultures outside the North Atlantic West prompted by World War

285D.003 Spring 2006 Difference, Identity and Nation -- The U.S. From 1800 to 1975

This seminar will allow students to pursue research interests in U. S. History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the focus will admittedly be wide-ranging and inclusive, we will begin with a flexible framework built around issues of social structure (social differentiation), ideology and practice and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will encompass cultural, social and intellectual history. Students with interdisciplinary, comparative and offbeat research projects will be welcomed.


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