Week 1 (23 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)

Week 2 (30 Jan)-Definitions & “The Unredeemed Captive”
Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part One: Chapters 1-5
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 24-82 (Early Modern Origins, New Foundations)

Week 3 (6 Feb)-“Revolutionary Culture & Liberty: Bacon’s Revolt” (Tea Party)
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 (13 Feb)-“Antebellum Economy, Expansion, & 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)

Reading Quiz #1 (Thursday, 2/15)

Week 5 (20 Feb)-“Upper South & the Civil War”
Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 19-21
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 113-152 (Capitalism and Democracy in Print)

Week 6 (27 Feb)-“Communication Technology and the Civil War”
Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 22-25
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 153-190 (The First Wire)

Paper #1 (Thursday, 2/29) American Cultures

Week 7 (6 March)-“Capitalism and Culture”
Colin Woodward, American Nations, Part Four: Chapters 26-28
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 191-232 (New Connections: Telephone, Cable, &
Wireless )

Week 8 (13 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 (Thursday, 3/15)

(20 March)-Spring Break

Week 9 (27 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 (3 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 11 (10 April)-“Forties & Fifties”
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 327-346 (Capitalism and Democracy in Print)
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 141-204 (Hollywood’s Hillbilly & Hillbilly in the Living
Room)
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 52-126 (1960s & the Underground)

Paper #2 (Thursday, 4/12) American Press

Week 12 (17 April)-“Reform Era”
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 (Thursday, 2/15)

Week 13 (24 April)-Interview Week, No Class Office Hours

Week 14 (1 May)-“After the Sixties”
Paul Starr, Creation of Media, pp. 385-402 (Coda: The Advent of the Media)
Douglas Coupland, Generation X
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 127-169 (Go Back to Work)

Week 15 (8 May)-Red and Blue? Contemporary United States
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly, pp. 205-222 (From Deliverance to Cyberspace)
Judith Halasz, The Bohemian Ethos, 170-192 (Margins of the Workaday World &
Epilogue)

Paper #3 (10 May)

Week 16 (5/17 8 AM) Finals' Week: Final Exam