Week 1 (22 Jan)-MLKing Holiday

Week 2 (28-Jan)-“Introduction: Region, Race, Class, Gender and Culture”

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Introduction
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 1-23 (Political Origins of Modern Communication)

“'The Unredeemed Captive':

Violence, Displacement, and the Lessons of New England"

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part One: Chapters 1-5
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 24-82 (Early Modern Origins, New Foundations)

Week 3 (4 Feb)-"Revolutionary Rebellions:

Nathaniel Bacon, Jemmy, New York in '41, and Tea in Boston"

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part One/ Part Two: Chapters 6-14
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 83-112 (America’s First Information Revolution)

Week 4 (11 Feb)-"Frontiers, Antebellum Expansion, and National Identity”

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Two/ Part Three: Chapters 15-18
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 113-154 (Capitalism and Democracy in Print)

Film: The Shakers (PBS, 1991)

Week 5 (18 Feb)-“Western Borderlands”

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 19-21
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 113-152 (Capitalism and Democracy in Print)

Reading Quiz #1 (Monday, 2/12) Wks 1-4 (Moved up from Week 4)

Week 6 (25-Feb)-“Communication Technology and the Civil War:

The South, the Upper South, and the Nation”

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 22-25
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 153-190 (The First Wire)

Paper #1 (Monday, 2/25) American Cultures: What three regions do you find most define the nation as a whole, and what three regions have the weakest ties to a national identity? Why? Be sure to address the defining characteristics of each, and then why you find some characteristics have come to most define the nation. After discussing the regions above, using the events discussed in class, sum up with a critique of Woodard's argument--do you agree with his depiction of the United States, would you draw a map of "nations" differently, or do you think Americans are more united than Woodard's construct?

Week 7 (4 March)-“Capitalism, Culture, and the News”

Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 26-28
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 191-232 (New Connections: Telephone, Cable, &
Wireless )

Week 8 (11 March)-“A Young Man’s Dreams: Goals for Sons”

Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 233-266 (Great Transformations: The Early Mass
Media and the Diversity Dynamic)
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 1-46 (Race, Class, Popular Culture, and the Hillbilly &
From Yankee Doodle to “Devil Anse”)

Reading Quiz #2 (Monday, 3/12)

(18 March)-Spring Break

Week 9 (25 March)-“New Dreams for Women? Goals for Daughters”

Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 267-294 (Rediscovery of the First Amendment)
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 1-26 (Introduction, Parisian Prototype)
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 47-70 (Emergence of “Hillbilly”)

Week 10 (1 April)- Cesar Chavez Day Holiday

Week 11 (8 April)-“Early Twentieth Century”

Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 295-326 (The Framing of the Movies)
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 71-140 (Country Music & Luke, Snuffy, & Abner)

Week 12 (15 April)- “Forties & Fifties: What most divides us”/ Eyes on the Prize, Episode 1 "Awakenings, 1954-56"

Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 327-346 (Broadcasting)
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 141-204 (Hollywood’s Hillbilly & Hillbilly in the Living Room)
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 26-51, 52-126 (The Beats, 1960s & the Underground) & Tales of the City

Paper #2 (Monday, 4/15) American Press: Based in Paul Starr's American Media, along with Harkins on "Hillbillies" and the first part of Halasz, on "Bohemians," define the basic elements of the American press as it developed from the colonial world to the present. What elements are most important? Study over the reading and list the most significant elements of the American press--for example, public space, "truth as a defense" in libel, the frontier, literacy, etc. Review Starr to define the significant values of the press, then by the turn of the twentieth century, consider the addition of mass mediated newspapers and broadcasting, on a national scale, and the population shift from rural to urban living. Use any examples from Hillbilly or Halasz' book on Bohemians that you find useful.

Week 13 (22 April)-“Reform Era”

The Source (Documentary on the Beat Generation) on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6JqjCB_7_I alsoPBS "Summer of Love," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnJGYjuNBCE
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 347- 384 (The Constitution of the Air: Origins of Broadcasting)
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 127-169 (Go Back to Work)
Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City

Reading Quiz #3 (Monday, 4/22--moved to 4/29)--as discussed in class, we have a quiz next week, final the week after, and then the third and last paper, discussed last night, due finals' week. (4/23)

Week 14 (29 April)-Twentieth Century Generations: Boomers & X

Reading Quiz #3 (Monday, 4/29)

Week 15 (4/29)-Cultures & Media

  • Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 385-402 (Coda: The Advent of the Media)
    Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 205-222 (From Deliverance to Cyberspace)
    Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 170-183 (Margins, Epilogue)

Week 16 (6 May)-Final & Paper #3

Week 16 (5/13 8 AM) No Final