Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 6324 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Gilded Age & Progressive Era

Description of Course:

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the historical period often referred to as the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (1877-1919). We will examine both traditional texts and new scholarship, focusing on content, methodology, and historiography. Prominent themes include the expansion of industrial capitalism and the rise of the corporation, the influx of “new” immigrants and patterns of “Americanization,” middle-class social reform, the emergence of the U.S. as an imperial power, the political mobilization of aggrieved workers and farmers, and the rise of the Jim Crow South. Of central concern will be how Progressivism shaped the contours of twentieth-century liberalism, particularly with regard to questions of public policy and reform. In other words, how did Americans rethink the relationship between government and society?

Required Texts:

*Robert Wiebe, The Search for Order, ISBN # 978-0809001040

*Jackson Lears, Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920, ISBN # 978-0060747503

*Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920, ISBN # 978-0195183658

*Glenda Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920,

*Michael Kazin, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan,

*Robert J. Norrell, Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington, ISBN # 978-0674060371

*Sven Beckert, The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, ISBN # 978-0521524100

*Eric Rauchway, Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America, ISBN # 978-0809016389

*Eric T. L. Love, Race Over Empire: Racism and U. S. Imperialism, 1865-1900, ISBN # 978-0807855652

*Nayan Shah, Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown, ISBN # 978-0520226296

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation in discussion, facilitation of discussion on one of the assigned books, two book reviews, 12-15 page paper on primary source which involves research and basic understanding of historiography.

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