Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will introduce undergraduate students to the major questions and developments that have animated American life from Reconstruction to the present. Through lectures, discussions, and written assignments, we will examine select case studies that will allow us to unearth key themes and trace them over time. These case studies will illuminate how different groups of Americans imagined and made claims upon the nation and their society, and how the boundaries of belonging were challenged and redrawn. Throughout, we will focus on issues of identity, citizenship, industrialization, race, class and gender dynamics, international relations, and culture. Readings will include primary source documents as well as historians’ interpretations of landmark events, long-term trends, and everyday life in different eras.
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