Hist 280-902: The French and Haitian Revolutions in the Atlantic World
MW 4:10-5:25 Dr. C. Bouton
At the end of the 18th century France erupted in revolution, which in turn triggered revolution in its Caribbean colony Saint-Domingue (Haiti). This course will explore and research these revolutionary dynamics and place them in the wider context of Atlantic Revolutions.
Hist 280-903: Bragg and McClellan: The Worst Generals in American History
MWF 1:50-2:40 Dr. Lorien Foote
Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg and Union Gen. George McClellan are the most controversial generals in American history. Vilified while alive and denigrated after death, these two leaders contributed to some of the most disastrous episodes of the American Civil War. So why study them now? It is through these two men that historians can analyze important issues of the war: the conflict between civilian and military leaders over war policies and the role that internal bickering within armies played in undermining the success of military campaigns.
Hist 280-904: Orthodoxies and Heresies in the Atlantic World, 1492-1800
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. April Hatfield
As people from Europe, the Americas, and Africa created Atlantic World societies, their religious practices changed dramatically, often as a result of their contacts with one another, creating power struggles over “correct” practice and expression of religious beliefs. This course will use such conflicts to introduce students to the main ideas of historical writing and research.
Hist 280-905: The Kennedy Years
MWF 11:30-12:20 Dr. Andy Kirkendall
John and Robert Kennedy were two of the most influential political leaders of their day. Their dramatic deaths as young men led to myth-making and conspiracy theories. In this course we will examine their impact on domestic and international events and will focus on the tumultuous years between 1961 and 1968 more broadly. Students will design a research project, using primary and secondary sources, as they develop a historical argument on some aspect of this history. Potential topics could include Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and U.S. relations with South Vietnam, the Soviet Union or one of the newly independent African countries during this time period.
Hist 280-906: Trampling Out the Vintage
MWF 11:30-12:20 Dr. Phil Smith
When the Civil War was over how did Americans feel about their country and its future? This question had different meanings for white Americans and for black Americans, for northern, southern and western Americans, for recent immigrants and for Native Americans. Research papers will focus on one of these perspectives.
Hist 280-907: American Indians and the 19th Century U.S. Press
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Angela Hudson
This course will examine the ways that American Indians were represented and represented themselves in the newspapers and periodicals of the 19th-century United States. Students will become familiar with relevant secondary sources and then develop a project based on their individual primary source research. Understanding the place of American Indians in the 19th-century U.S. press will illuminate issues of race, gender, popular culture, religion, and medicine, among many others.