HIST 253 Fall 2014 Modern U.S. History

Also offered Spring 2015

This course surveys themes and issues that inform the historical landscape of the United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction, from the late 1800s to the present. With special attention to freedom and fragmentation, the course examines the dilemmas inherent to American democracy, including: westward expansion and Indian affairs; immigration and nationalism; progressivism and domestic policy; the expanding role of the United States in the world; race, gender, and rights; and the shifting terrains of liberalism and conservatism. The course also tunes into the connections between current affairs and the American past. Course materials include a range of primary sources (letters, political speeches, autobiography, film, oral histories, fiction, and photography) and historical interpretations.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on some combination of quizzes, short papers, and a final exam or final paper
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30-40
Class Number: 1176
HIST 253 - 01 (F) LEC Modern U.S. History Division 2: Social Studies Karen R. Merrill
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 001 1176
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