History | 19th Century U.S. History
H650 | 12914 | Gamber

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

This course offers an introduction to the history and historiography
of the nineteenth- century United States, focusing on such themes as
politics, national identity, urban life, religion, intellect, and
popular culture.  It requires students to read both intensively and
broadly, familiarizing themselves with monographs and overview
essays that exemplify both a wide range of historical topics and a
variety of scholarly approaches. We will read works addressed to
scholarly audiences as well as books that seek broader audiences.

This course requires studentsí active participation in class
discussions.  Each week a student will lead class discussion.
Students will complete short (1-page) weekly summaries of assigned
reading.  In addition, students will design a syllabus for an
undergraduate course on the nineteenth-century United States, and
write either two professional-quality book reviews (approximately
500-800 words each) or a 5-7-page review essay, which considers 3-4
related books in a subfield of the studentís choice. These
requirements are intended to help students prepare for field
examinations, teaching, and the intellectual tasks common in
academic careers (such as the writing of reviews).