History | Individuals in American History
J400 | 2866 | Friedman
Above section open to majors only
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also
requires registration in COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only
The course explores the roles of individuals in the historical
process -- how they have and have not made a difference in "larger"
historical events and controversies. Above all, we shall explore how
specific people have connected their individual identities, values,
and stories to conflicts over change and continuity in the larger
In our exploration, we shall read books and articles, and view
movies that concern or exemplify biography, autobiography, and the
diary -- primary modes of self-expression that individuals provide.
Short problem centered papers on these materials shall be written.
As well, each student shall write a short 10-12 page interpretive
sketch of an individual life within the historical process.