United States

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.

103D.003 Spring 2006 Children and Youth in American History

This course will introduce students to the growing literature on the experience of childhood and youth in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Among the matters to be examined are the role of work, schooling, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and race in the lives of children. We will also examine how the definitions of a proper childhood have changed over time and its consequences for the lives of children. Readings include work by contemporary American historians on the history of childhood.

101.013 Spring 2006 The Settlement of California and West, 1846-1950.

This research seminar will explore the influence of diverse groups of settlers on the development of California and the West. Within a few years of California's entry into the United States, the discovery of gold drew an international flood of immigration to the state.

101.006 Spring 2006 Correspondence

This thesis-writing seminar is open to students doing research on any time and place so long as the bulk of the primary sources are letters, broadly defined. These sources can be personal missives, business mail, junk mail, e-mail, epistolary novels, letters to the editor, or any thing that assumes the form or function of correspondence, but they MUST form the core evidence for the historical argument presented in the thesis.

101.008 Spring 2006 North America before 1848

This course is designed for students who wish to write their 101 paper on any topic in North American history before 1848. Because the availability of primary source materials will greatly determine the types of projects possible, we will spend the first few weeks exploring the types of sources available on campus and on-line, including laws and court cases; published correspondence and personal papers; censuses; newspapers; travel, captivity, and ex-slave narratives; and ship passenger lists.

280D.004 Fall 2005 American Science

American science is a Johnny-come-lately. Historically, it was long in a position of backwardness. Historiographically, it has remained relatively unself-conscious. And yet the American way of doing science has become a global model. Its historians may not have kept up. This seminar serves as both an introduction to the field and a consciousness-raising exercise. It looks for ways in which historians of U.S.

285D.001 Fall 2005 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

275D.001 Fall 2005 Introduction to the Literature of U.S. History

This course is an introduction to the literature of U.S. history (or the history of what would become the U.S.) from the beginning of European settlement to the Civil War. It is also an introduction to the study of history at the graduate level, which will focus on teaching you the particular reading and analytical skills that distinguish a professional approach to the historical literature from other ways of reading history books.

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