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History 101: Introduction to US History for Elementary Education Majors
This course provides a basic survey of the social, economic, political, and diplomatic history of the United States for the students with little background in U.S. history. Answering the questions: What is America and what does it mean to be American? What is the nature of U.S. democracy? How do the lives of ordinary people intersect with the great events of our past? The course will emphasize content that will be of greatest use for students preparing to teach social studies in the upper elementary grades.
History 112: US History Since 1865
This course surveys American history since Reconstruction, exploring transformations in American politics, society, and culture. Though it is wide-ranging, it has as a unifying theme: the question of how and why people have defined the American notation in different ways, and how those ideas have related to race and gender. Topics covered include the end of the westward expansion after the Civil War and Indian resistance, the cultural turmoil of the 1920s, the Depression and New Deal, the Second World War at home and abroad, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, other social movements, the Vietnam war and the anti-war movement, cultural politics in the 1970s, the new conservatism and 1980s culture wars, the 1990s, 9/11, the Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. (HBSSM, Hist, Intcl)
History 126: Human Geography
A survey of world geography combining the regional and topical approaches, as well as natural factors that shape the environment - including climate, landforms, and resources - will be considered, along with their impact on people as studied in the fields of political, economic, and cultural geography. The primary focus of the course will be on basic concepts in cultural geography that will be of greatest use for students preparing to teach middle school and high school social studies. (HBSSM, Intcl)
History 150: Europe Since 1648
An introductory survey of European history from the end of the wars of religion in the seventeenth century to the present. Topics will include: the Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment; Absolutism and the Emergence of the Parliamentary Government; the French Revolution and Napoleon; Reaction and Revolution in the early Nineteenth Century; the Industrial Revolution; Nationalism and Unification; the "New Imperialism" and the Coming of World War I; the "Thirty Years War of the Twentieth Century"; and Postwar Europe: Cold War and Integration. (HBSSM, Hist, Intcl)
History 161: South Asian History
An introduction to the basic themes and content of South Asian history from the earliest times to the present. Students will explore the lives of both great and ordinary people who lived in what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal. Students will consider how empire, international trade, relations of production, and ideologies affected the construction and reproduction of social and cultural groups. Offered alternate years. (HB, Hist, Intcl)
History 172: History of Modern Africa
This course surveys the history of sub-Saharan Africa from the 1880s to the present. The course examines African life under European colonial domination (from about 1880 to about 1960) and under independent states which succeeded colonial governments after 1960. A primary aim of this course is to explore the diversity of human experience in Africa during the Colonial and post-Colonial periods. The course makes use of several primary documents to portray ways in which men and women have dealt with the challenges of living in 20th- and 21st-century Africa. (Same as AFRS 172) (HB, Hist, Intcl)
History 225: Golden Age of Atlantic Piracy
Our fascination with seafaring outlaws often begins with characters such as Long John Silver and more recently, Captain Jack Sparrow, but also actual historical figures such as Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. This course examines the popular image of pirates and compares it to the lives and culture of real-life pirates who plied their trade across the Atlantic world between 1550 and 1730. Through readings, lectures, movies, and class discussions we will address the major themes of the course, which include the reasons behind the rise of buccaneering during the early modern era; ships and seafaring culture during this period; the developing economy of the Atlantic world; the social structure of pirate society on sea and land; definitions and attitudes toward authority, liberty, and violence among pirates; and the increasing military efficiency and reach of the early modern state that eventually spelled the end of widespread piracy in this part of the world by the 1730s. (HBSSM, Hist)
History 235: Civil Rights Movement
In the mid-twentieth century, black and white Americans fought (and many died) for greater rights and freedoms denied by a justice system enmeshed in Jim Crow inequality. For the past twenty-five years or so, most American schools taught the Civil Rights Movement as an unparalleled success, but in the 21st century, more and more people are asking why there is racial violence and economic inequality if the Civil Rights Movement accomplished what the high school textbooks say it did. In this class, we will examine the legal, political, economic, and social reforms that the activists of the Civil Rights Movement demanded, along with the pervasive backlash that limited their successes. We will use the scholarship from history and Africana Studies to investigate these questions in addition to a range of primary sources including speeches, music, film, television, memoirs, oral histories, and photography. (Same as AFST 235) (Hist, HB)
History 239: "G-d's Curse and Hell Fire fall upon them that first discovered the Plot": Comparing Slave Rebellions in Early America
In American history, by far the two greatest and most successful slave rebellions were the American Revolution (where slaves normally fled to the British armies) and the Civil War (where from early on, Union forces harbored escaped contraband, but where, later, tens of thousands of ex-slaves traveled in the wake of the Northern armies). These examples are hugely important but they are exceptional. More normally, slave rebellions were brief spasms of intense drama, often filled with bloodshed and incredible violence — and a notable lack of success for the slaves. But in every case, they inspired intense fear and wild rumors throughout the white community. The course examines why such rebellions only periodically erupted, why they broke out where and when they did, and the reasons for their failure. (Same as AFST 239) (Hist, HB)
History 321: Topics in US History - Indian Country: Race, Gender, and Politics on American Frontiers
Three separate "Old Worlds" collided in the several centuries following 1492 as the peoples of Africa, the Americas, and Europe came together to create a world that was genuinely new. These encounters touched every conceivable belief and type of behavior. This course concentrates on several changes of particular importance — in economic and material life, in religious practices, in diplomacy and warfare, and finally in the re-invention of identities at both the individual and societal level. Each of these types of encounter is viewed through the three major "lenses" used to organize the course: race, gender, and politics. We will concentrate on the consequences that these encounters had for the lives of indigenous peoples, a perspective of considerable scholarly interest and greatly increased sophistication in recent years. Re-discovering Early America as Indian Country enables us to see the experience of Native Americans as one of the core ingredients of American history; without their presence, the nation and our history would be unimaginable different. (HBSSM, Hist)
Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent.
History 321: Topics in US History - The Hawai'ian Islands
This course will focus on the dramatic history of the Hawai'ian Islands. In the course students are expected to develop a basic understanding of the history of Islands that make up the current state of Hawai'i (and why this statehood continues to be contested by Hawai'ians). We will delve briefly into the prehistoric period to provide background for our understanding of the interaction of indigenous Hawai'ian culture with European and Asian cultures introduced in the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Students will spend significant time studying the politics of the Hawai'ian Kingdom, Republic, and territorial governments. We will examine the way the economy evolved from subsistence to plantation to tourism as means of production. This will include the influence of the economy and politics on the movement of peoples to Hawai'i. Students will do a research project related to the history of Hawai'i using library and online resources. They will write a substantial paper and they will present in class on their research process and their results. (HBSSM, Hist)
Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent.
History 485: Junior-Senior Seminar: Slavery in America
This seminar will use readings, discussions, and individual research papers to assess the competing claims and conflicting interpretations regarding the existence of slavery in Africa prior to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. A critically important aspect of this course aims at increasing your analytical and writing skills by producing an extensive research paper. Now that Luther is part of the Center for Research Libraries, students will be able to access significantly more primary sources for their research papers. We will be looking in some detail at the historiographic debates but also discussing your research topics and how the research and writing of your papers are proceeding.