Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
The United States has long claimed to be a “nation of immigrants,” while simultaneously drawing strict lines of exclusion around its borders according to race, class, or ideology. This class critically evaluates this American maxim in two ways. The first half of the course examines the historiography of immigration. How have scholars studied the subjects of immigration and exclusion? The second half is a methodological workshop. Working in teams, you will explore different topics with the goal of expanding our local historical knowledge of immigration and exclusion.
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