Michael Beyea Reagan
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
Capitalism is one of the central features of U.S. history. Until recently, it has not been the focus of scholarly historical inquiry. This course will ask questions about the relationship of capitalism and U.S. history. It will explore the dynamics of power and social conflict through class formation and political economy. It will also pay special attention to the intersection of race, gender and social class in the changing institutions of capitalism.
Student learning goals
Primary learning goals are for students to develop their reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills. As well as establish a familiarity with the processes of history and capitalism.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Students will have weekly reading responses, as well as two comparative analysis papers for the midterm and final. Students will also lead discussion for one session.
Students grades will be based on participation, and the essays.