History | Colloquium United States History
H650 | 2881 | Gamber/Dwyer

Above section meets with AMST G620


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.  It strongly emphasizes works that
move the field in new directions, such as Jill Leporeís "A is for
American:  Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States".
Others, like Louis "Menandís The Metaphysical Club:  A History of
Ideas in America", exemplify the trend toward historical works
attractive to readers both within and without the history profession.

This course requires studentsí active participation in seminar
discussions.  Each week a student will lead class discussion.
Students will complete short  (1-2 page) weekly critical reviews of
assigned reading.  In addition, students will design a syllabus for
an undergraduate course on the nineteenth-century United States, and
write a 4-5-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).