HIST 375
History of American Childhood Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 375 / AFR 375
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Over the course of American history both the experience of childhood and our understandings of childhood have changed radically. Children have been bought and sold as slaves, hanged as convicted witches, and purchased slaves themselves. A century ago many children were sent “out to work” at ages that our society now defines as too young even to be left alone in the house. Common experiences of modern middle-class American childhood–summer camp, secondary school, and organized youth sports teams–are recent additions to American life. Through reading works of history and autobiography we will explore American childhood and what attitudes toward specific groups of children reveals about American society. This course is an EDI course; as such, we will consistently study groups of children that differ by race and class. In addition, we will interrogate the category of childhood and debate its universality and usefulness. Does the experience of childhood help to “unify” diverse groups of people?
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 20-30
Class#: 3183
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be required to write three papers and be expected to contribute actively to class discussion
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: determined by instructor
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 375 Division II AFR 375 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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