History | Colloquium: 19th Century U.S. History
H650 | 6325 | Gamber/Dwyer


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
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 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).