History | American History II
H106 | 7846 | Linenthal


Above class open to freshmen and sophomores only

Become a more effective learner of history!  Enroll in Educ X101:
Learning Strategies for History in the same semester as any history
course.  X101 is being offered 2:30-3:45, MW or 2:30-3:45, TR for 2
credits.

Through a series of case studies from post-Civil War America to the
early years of the 21st century, we will come to appreciate history
as a set of practices through which we encounter and engage the
past. How do we envision “the past?” Does the past ever end? If the
past is a “foreign country,” how do we get there and how do we
navigate when we arrive?  These case studies represent a choice as
to what sites, sounds, people, events, ideas are important enough to
warrant our attention. What might this foreign land look like if
other choices were made? What are the strategies through which the
past is owned and operated by different contemporary interests? In
other words, who claims the authority to be the “travel agent” for
journeys to the past? What have past generations of Americans chosen
to remember and forget about the past? What do these choices reveal
about the hopes, fears, nostalgias, and fantasies of past
generations? And what do they reveal about us? We will meet twice a
week as an entire class, and students will also meet once a week in
sections led by Assistant Instructors. Required texts are: James
West Davidson, et. al., "U.S. A Narrative History" (volume 2: Since
1865, fifth edition), and James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton
Lytle, "After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection" (volume 2,
fifth edition). There will also be some short readings on e-reserve,
and we will also make use of media resources to bring life to the
written and spoken word. Evaluation of student performance will
include essay examinations, regular quizzes in section, and quality
of participation in section activities.