HIST 253
History of the United States, 1865-Present Spring 2013
Division II
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This course surveys themes and issues that inform the historical landscape of the United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction, from the late the nineteenth century 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 and historical interpretations.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 3507
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers and a take home final
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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