The class offers an in-depth study of significant historical events and movements outlined in the lecture on American Cultural History. We focus on events and movements in their historical and cultural contexts employing a transnational perspective. In each case, we will discuss the relevance of these events and developments in terms of a theoretical understanding of culture and nation. Specific attention will be drawn to historical events that are relevant for an understanding of the current U.S. presidency. These include: the American Revolution and Constitution; the 13th to 15th Amendments; the Two-Party System, Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction; Industrialization, Labor Unions and Populism; Indian Appropriation; the New Deal and the Civil Rights Movement.
The basis for the class is (as in the lecture of the winter term) Alan Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Additional material will be provided.
Class requirements include active class participation, a short paper (3 pages), and a 30 min. in-class test at the end of the term. For the MAP you will produce and present a poster on one of the class topics.
Please register for the course via Agnes.