American Studies | Colloquium in AMST: The Nineteenth-Century United States
G620 | 10912 | Gamber


Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-H650
This colloquium offers an overview of the history and historiography
of the nineteenth-century United States.  While it doesn。ヲt cover
every possible topic or subfield (an impossible task in a single
semester), its goal is to familiarize students with both the subject
matter of nineteenth-century US history and the ways in which it has
been studied and explained. This course requires students to read
both intensively and broadly by focusing on a wide range of
subjects, including politics, economic development and social
change, slavery, war, and empire, and a variety of scholarly
approaches, including biography, microhistory, transnational
history, and history of memory. Our reading includes traditional
academic monographs, essays, and articles as well as books intended
to appeal to broader audiences. Our discussions will focus on
evaluating these readings critically and situating them within
larger historiographical contexts and scholarly debates.  We will
also consider issues such as periodization, method, organization,
style, and audience, and which (if any) overarching themes best
capture the time and place under study.  The course is intended to
help students prepare for qualifying examinations, teaching, and the
intellectual tasks common in academic careers such as writing book
reviews.

This course requires students。ヲ 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 an accompanying historiographical paper (about 8-10 pages)
that covers either a topic on the syllabus or the encompasses the
syllabus in its entirety. 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).  Readings will include:


ベ	Joyce Appleby, "Inheriting the Revolution: The First
Generation of Americans" (Harvard University Press, 2000).
ベ	Seth Rockman, "Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and
Survival in Early Baltimore" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
ベ	Amy S. Greenberg, "Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum
American Empire"(Cambridge University Press, 2005)
ベ	Scott Sandage, "Born Losers: A History of Failure in
America" (Harvard University Press, 2005)
ベ	Adam Rothman, "Slave Country: American Expansion and the
Origins of the Deep South" (Harvard University Press, 2007)
ベ	Martha Hodes, "The Sea Captain。ヲs Wife: A True Story of Love,
Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century" (W.W. Norton, 2006)
ベ	David Blight, "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American
Memory" (Harvard University Press, 2001)
ベ	Charles Postel, "The Populist Vision" (Oxford University
Press, 2007)
ベ	Katherine Benton-Cohen, "Borderline Americans: Racial
Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands" (Harvard
University Press, 2009)
ベ	Kristin Hoganson, "Consumers。ヲ Imperium: The Global
Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920" (University of North
Carolina Press, 2007)