History | From Pueblos to Strip Malls: The History of the American Landscape
J300 | 24730 | Sandweiss

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section COLL intensive writing section
Above section open to undergraduates only

How different would American history look if we used the world
around us as our textbook?  Pueblo villages, 40-acre farmsteads,
downtown skyscrapers, interstate highways, and suburban strip malls—
they all reflect who we are as a nation.  Our goal in this class is
to learn to “read” the history of such everyday spaces, and to
understand what they tell us about American culture.

The class will draw on a variety of your skills.  In addition to
discussing a weekly combination of primary and secondary readings,
you will choose specific sites to research and interpret—first in
Bloomington and then elsewhere.  That research will then go into an
online class portfolio that illustrates—through images, maps,
weblinks, and essays—the history of the American landscape.

This is a writing-intensive seminar.  In individual and group
settings we will work together to develop your skills as a
historical writer and to integrate them with oral and visual
communication techniques.