HIST 488
Sites of Memory and American Wars Fall 2023
Division II Writing Skills
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This tutorial will examine the ways that U.S. military ventures have been memorialized through a variety of physical sites, including landscapes, monuments and statues, museums, and other depictions. Given the enormous national conversation and reconsideration of many of these sites over the last decade, we will ask such questions as: How and why has the memorialization of U.S. wars changed since the country’s founding? Who determines what is preserved and what stories are told? What is the relationship between individual experiences, collective memories, and national narratives? What do “sites of memory” tell us about society’s views of wars and soldiers and about the United States? Throughout, we will pay attention to how these sites reflect historical understandings of the time and have also served as focal points of social and political protests.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Students will be assigned a tutorial partner, and tutorial pairs will meet with the professor for one hour each week at a regularly scheduled meeting time.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1915
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: This course follows a typical tutorial format; every other week, students will write and present orally a 5- to 7-page essay on the assigned readings; on alternate weeks, students will write a 2-page critique. During two of the weeks of the semester (around the middle of the semester and at the end), all students will write papers that explore a common question or theme.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and students with previous coursework in History.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: At the start of the semester, students will outline what their writing goals are for the semester, and they will receive weekly feedback on their writing from the professor and from their tutorial partner, The final writing assignment will afford students the chance to reflect on their previous papers and the semester's course content.
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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