History | Home Front During WWII
J301 | 26259 | J. Madison

Above class reserved for teacher certification Social Studies
students.  Enrollment in other Education courses required.  Contact
Dorothy Slota, Education 1064 for online authorization and
Above class COLL intensive writing section

Professor Madisonís history seminar is designed especially for
students preparing for a career in social studies teaching. Students
will study the American home front during World War II and also the
nature of historical scholarship as preparation to teach history at
the middle and high school level.

The subject matter of J301 will be drawn from the diverse
experiences of Americans in non-military affairs during World War
II.  We will consider, for example, the roles of women in factory
production, the use of propaganda in Hollywood films and elsewhere,
the quest of African Americans for equal opportunity, the internment
of Japanese Americans, and the growing power of the federal
government during wartime.  Among the larger questions to be studied
is the degree to which home front experiences represented temporary
or more permanent changes in twentieth-century American life.

The course work will consist of reading and evaluating primary and
secondary sources, class discussion, and out-of-class writing,
including short, weekly essays, plus one longer research paper.
Students will have opportunities to integrate work in this history
seminar with their Block I social studies methods course; they must
also be enrolled in M341.

The class meets on Wednesday from 1-3 PM and can count as a 300
level course in any primary social studies area.†It also fulfills
the intensive writing requirement for secondary social studies
majors. Students must be authorized to enroll in J301, along with
all Block I courses, by Mrs. Dorothy Slota in Education 1000.†