History | Communication and Power in Early America
J400 | 16999 | Dierks

J400:  P- HIST-J 300
Above section open to majors only
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course focuses on the cultural and social history of
communication in early America between the late fifteenth and early
nineteenth centuries.  Taking a comparative and multicultural
approach, the course considers how practices and systems of
communication affected the lives of people in different social
groups:  Native Americans, European and English immigrants, and
African Americans; children, women, and men; affluent, middling, and
impoverished folk.  Central to the course will be examining how
letter writing and printing presses, for instance, were as crucial
instruments of power in the early modern era as email communication
and satellite technology are in the present day.  Evaluation will be
based on two shorter papers (40%), one longer research paper (40%),
and participation in discussion (20%).