History | The Street in American History
A379 | 10177 | Reichard


Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MA's only

How has the American street changed over time? What does the street
communicate to us about power and identity in America? What are
the “rules” of the street? How do they change depending on where you
are, or who you are, or when you lived?  In this class, we will
discuss the American street from early America to the present, both
on the surface of the street and below it. We will explore urban and
suburban streets, sanitation, behavior, laws, traffic, zoning and
planning, homelessness, and the meaning of public space through
film, literature, historical texts, and other readings.  We will use
the following learning methods: discussions, viewing films, assigned
readings, written responses and longer papers, and lectures.