United States

101.003 Fall 2006 Difference, Identity, and Power - The US from 1800-1990

This seminar will allow students to pursue research interests in US History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The guiding historical problems are threefold and interrelated: (1) the development and impact of specific forms of difference (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class); (2) how these differences come to be expressed as identities; and (3) the role of power in shaping these various, at times overlapping, histories of difference and identity formation. I anticipate that research topics will range across social, intellectual, political, and cultural history.

103D.005 Spring 2006 Slavery and Abolition in the Americas

We will examine the history of African slavery comparatively, with reference to Spanish, Portuguese and English America. Attention will be paid to African backgrounds, the Atlantic slave trade, resistance and rebellion, free populations of color within slave societies, and gradual emancipation and abolition. Important attention will be paid to how the African Diaspora produced a creolization of culture in collaboration with European and Native American populations.

103D.006 Spring 2006 The Lens of War: American History through the Study of the Military

Recent decades have witnessed a surge in the popularity of military history among historians. War, scholars now recognize, accelerates and exposes latent social and cultural trends that otherwise are hard to discern. Surprisingly, however, American historians have been slow to exploit the vistas opened up by the study of the military.

103D.002 Spring 2006 War and Mediation: the U.S.-Vietnam War in History, Film and Story

The U.S.-Vietnam War took place over a long span of time (1945-1975) and over two continents divided by the Pacific Ocean. We will study the history and historical interpretations of those events. But they came into the awareness of the American public via many and complex routes from contemporary reports to the present. Press reports, TV coverage and documentaries, historical surveys, and, in the aftermath, fiction and film have all helped construct that war in our modern consciousness.

101.01 Spring 2006 Politics, Culture, and Society in the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan Area, 1850-1980

This course will examine the history of the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area between 1850 and 1980. The San Francisco-Oakland region has long been celebrated (and denounced) for its cosmopolitan culture and its liberal politics. Indeed, conventional wisdom has often assumed that the region accepted cultural diversity and that this cultural inclusiveness led directly to greater political inclusiveness. This course will explore both of these assumptions.

103D.004 Spring 2006 Global America: The Cold War at Home and Abroad

";V was for Victory,"; but immediately after 1945, the United States found itself immersed in another global conflict. Antagonisms between the Soviet Union and the US intensified into a standoff that, for the next two decades, repeatedly threatened armed or nuclear conflict. The situation at home was equally turbulent. By the 20th anniversary of V-J Day, America had seen transformative economic, social, and political change.

101.018 Spring 2006 US Women's History Since 1945

What is women?s history? How do historians write women?s lives? This research seminar focuses on the social, cultural, and political history of women in the US since 1945. We will explore key themes in postwar women?s history and major historiographical debates as well as historical research and writing methods and strategies. By the end of the semester, students will have planned, researched, and written a 30-50 page thesis based on primary sources.

101.012 Spring 2006 Immigration, Citizenship, and the State in Twentieth-Century America

This research seminar will explore U.S. immigration and naturalization policies in the twentieth century. We will look particularly at the role the federal government has played in shaping immigration patterns and in defining legal meanings of citizenship, as well as try to understand the complex, often conflicting ways in which ideas about immigration, citizenship, and the nation intersected.

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