901 – The War of 1812
MWF 11:30-12:20 Dr. Troy Bickham
This course will explore the pivotal, but often overlooked, War of 1812. Fought as a second revolution by Americans, a postcolonial war by the British, a war of independence against the U.S. by Canadians, and wars of resistance by American Indians, the War of 1812’s outcomes where by no means certain. The conflict highlights the fragility of the early U.S. republic, the limitations of central governments, and the power of public opinion. Ultimately, the War of 1812 served as an umbrella for a host of conflicts (armed, political, and cultural) that together laid the foundation of U.S. dominance of North America and reshaped the future of its inhabitants.
902 – The Chicana/o in the American Mind
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. Carlos Blanton
This course is designed to allow students to think critically about academic discourses in U.S. history as long as they pertain in some way to Mexican Americans or Latinas/os. They can choose (with the professor’s guidance) from Biology to Sociology, from Eugenics to Immigration, from Art to Education, etc. The first quarter of the class is designed to read broadly about academic discourses as well as to identify common themes in the field of Mexican American history. The second quarter of the class intensively instructs on research and writing skills through workshops and guided library tours. The third quarter of the course is designed for students to research on their own (with regular consultations) and to then turn in a draft at the end of this period to the professor and to their classmates for peer review. The fourth quarter of the course is designed for the revision process generated by the instructor and the peer review.
903 – Remembering and Forgetting War
TR 12:45-2:00 Dr. Jonathan Brunstedt
This course will examine how societies have “remembered” war – through monuments, public holidays, commemorative rituals, reenactments, popular culture, and so on. More specifically, we will focus on how collective war memories have shaped and sustained notions of group identity. In the process, students will produce an original research paper, based on primary and secondary sources, that incorporates the theoretical insights gleaned from class readings and discussions.
904 – See America First- Domestic Tourism, 1880-1970
MWF 12:40-1:30 Dr. Joel Kitchens
“See Europe if you must, but see America first!” was the slogan a group of hoteliers, railroad promoters, and Western boosters used to promote the development of a patriotic national identity through tourism. Although a tourist industry had begun in the early nineteenth century, technological advances in travel and promotion opened a vast amount of territory to a wider cross-section of the population. This class will explore the intersections of identity and tourism between the completion of the trans-continental railroads and the post-war economic boom.
905 – Feminisms of Color
MW 4:10-5:25 Dr. Sarah McNamara
In a multi-racial and multi-ethnic nation, what does feminism mean? This course examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender to explore the multiple meanings of feminism in the 20th century United States. Students will investigate how women of color have been included and excluded from feminist action, and, as a result, reinterpreted and defined feminism on their own terms. This course asks students to critically analyze academic texts, interpret primary documents, and produce a research paper using historical methods.
906 – Civil Rights, Cold War, Politics, and Decolonization, 1940-1975
TR 11:10-12:25 Dr. Erin Wood
This course explores the relationships between the mid-twentieth century civil rights struggles in the United States, the Cold War, and Asian and African decolonization and liberation movements. While the civil rights movement has typically been historicized as a southern and/or national phenomenon, it can be more fully understood within a transnational context.