Class Schedule Spring 2018/ Below find our weekly class schedule.

1-Introduction to Class & Questions of Empowerment, 1/24: 

How do people find empowerment in their lives?

     Reading:  Hahn, “Chains and Threads” & “Choked Voice,” Nation Under Our Feet, pp. 1-115.

     Work Due:  Complete reading for this week and next.  Complete the reading for the week it is assigned.

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2-Prisms of Understanding, Gilded and Progressive Era Historiography, 1/31:

What have historians found most significant about the Gilded and Progressive Era? 

What do you find most significant about these years?

What traditions for political power did slaves forge in years of slavery?  Examples?

     Reading:  Hahn, “Of Rumors and Revelations,” Nation Under Our Feet, pp. 116-159.

     Geoffrey Blodgett, “A New Look At the American Gilded Age” (1974); Paula Baker, “The Domestication

          of Politics (1984); Steven Diner, “Linking Politics and People” (1999); Robert Johnston, “Re-

          Democratizing the Progressive Era” (2002); Beverly Gage, “Why Violence Matters” (2007); Rebecca

          Edwards, “Politics, Social Movements, and Periodization” (2009).

     Work Due:  Complete reading for this week and next.  Class Discussion.

Film: Slavery By Another Name (PBS)/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCxsLDma2o

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3-“To Build a New Jerusalem”:  Race, Class, & the South 2/7:

How do freed men and women in the South find empowerment? Examples of success and failure?  What do Hahn's examples tell us about the nature of Reconstruction? What are the major issues of the South in the "Gilded" and "Progressive" Eras? In what ways is the South connected economically, politically, socially, and culturally to the rest of the Union? Do you find "national ideals" in the actions of the slaves/ freedmen and women?

     Reading:  Hahn, “Reconstructing,” “Society Turned Bottomside Up,” & “Pramilitary Politics” in Nation

          Under Our Feet, pp. 163-313.

     Work Due:  Complete reading, Class Discussion.

Film: Slavery By Another Name (PBS), Finish/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCxsLDma2o

"My Calling," Dr. Ruby Simpkins, Storyteller/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhPYZ_8DkME

 

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4-"The Promise and Tragedy of the West": Peoples, Economy, and Issues of the West 2/14

How do opportunities in the West compare with the South? What about attitudes toward women? Chinese?

     Reading: Haber, The Trials of Laura Fair, Chpts. 1-3.

*Pfaelzer, "Introduction" & Chaper 1, Driven Out, pp. xv-xxix (emailed).

Warren, "Introduction" in The Quest for Citizenship.

     Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #1: Keila, Austin, Cedric, Matt

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5-"Midwestern Hub": Chicago 2/21

How can we characterize the city of Chicago, what are some of its formative influences, and how do people of this era define citizenship? (What is the status of Native Americans? Women?)

     Reading: Haber, The Trials of Laura Fair, Chpts. 4-end

Warren, Part I "Reformers" in The Quest for Citizenship.

     Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #2: Joe, Angus, Elizabeth, Manuel Monroy, Dakota

Film: Chicago, City of ther Century," Episode 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTZHmQOiEUo

(American Experience, 2002)

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6-"New York!": 2/28

What are the benefits to living in the urban Midwest or East? Negative aspects? How does life in the urban east compare to that in the West and South?

Reading:  Metzger, Bintel Brief, all.

Saloon Reading (to be added)

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #3: Garrett, Manuel Martinezpereira, Rebecca, Ryan, David

Film: "Sunshine and Shadow," Episode 3, New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyUV6A8fQ04

(Ric Burns, 1999)

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7-"The Education of Henry Adams": Crisis of Values in a Moral Age

What do "the young men dream," and what values are inculcated in the youth? Young Women? How do people feel values are changing?

& Summing Up: Panics, Organization, and Reform Communities 3/7

Reading:  Hahn, "The Education of Henry Adams" & "Of Ballots and Biracialism" in Nation Under Our Feed, pp. 317-411.

Warren, Part I "Curriculum" in The Quest for Citizenship.

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #4: Jacquie, Sung, Victor, Ken, & Paper Proposal

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8-Midterm Exam Weds 3/14

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Spring Break 3/21

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9-Populism, Labor, MC Reform (Women) & Communities of Reform 3/28

Where are reform efforts concentrated, what examples do you find outside of the large cities?

In what ways do the ideas of science influence the people, ideas, and movements of the late nineteenth century?

Reading:  Warren, Part II "Students" and "Parents" in The Quest for Citizenship.

Warren, Part III "Teachers," "Identity," and "Conclusion" in The Quest for Citizenship.

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #5: Dakota, Angus, Elizabeth

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10-Scientific World, Psychiatry, and Modernity (moved from last week) & The Full Meaning of Consumerism 4/4

How does consumerism change peoples lives? To what extent does it change American culture (s)?

Reading: Hahn, "Valley and the Shadows" and "Epilogue" in Nation Under Our Feet, pp. 412-478.

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #6: David, Matt, Garrett

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11-Consumerism, Teddy Roosevelt, & the High Tide of Progressivism 4/11

What does the twentieth century Progressive Movement accomplish? How? What are its limitations? Explain.

Reading:  Citrom, New York Exposed, 1-164

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #7: Ken, Austin, Rebecca

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12-The News! Media and Public Opinion 4/18

How does "mediated" mass communication affect the dissemination of the "news"? How does the "leviathan" press define the news and why?

Reading:  Czitrom, New York Exposed, 165-312'

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #8: Sung, Keila, Jacquie

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13-The Warrior and the Priest 4/25

How do Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson reflect American senitiments? How do they contrasts one another--to what extent do they define national values and actions, and to what extent do they agree or disagree?

Reading:  Strachan, The First World War, pp. 1-156.

Work Due:  Complete reading, Term Paper Due b/t 4/25 and 5/9

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14-WWI 5/2

What is the role of the United States in WWI, and how does this role define American foreign policy?

Reading:  Strachan, The First World War, pp. 157-333.

     Work Due:  Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #9: Ryan, Cedric, Manuel Monroy

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15-1919: Reform Legacy and American Democracy 5/9

What does the Gilded and Progressive Era tell us about the nature of democracy in the United States?

Work Due:  Complete reading, Assigned Discussion #10: Manuel Martinezpereirea, Joe, Victor

Term Paper Due b/t 4/25 and 5/9

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16-Midterm Exam Wed 5/15 12:45-2:45