William J Rorabaugh
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
US Prohibition Explores the background, experiences, and legacy of US alcohol Prohibition before, during, and after the 1930s. Students should expect to use historical materials to improve analytical skills and learn to ask more probing questions.
Student learning goals
The main goal is to write a history research paper: to develop research skills, argument and analytical skills, and writing skills.
General method of instruction
Discussion of assigned reading and of research materials for individual projects.
HSTAA 101 or an upper division US history course on the 20th century.
Class assignments and grading
Discussion of assigned reading; one 5-7page paper; one 10-15 page paper; attendance required; no exams. Books: Willis, Southern Prohibition; Bader, Prohibition in Kansas; Okrent, Last Call; Clark, Dry Years; Kyvig, Repealing National Prohibition. Other readings plus research materials for papers.
Class attendance, class participation, written assignments.