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Xi Chen
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

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.

Class description

The temperance movement was easily the most enduring social reform movement of the long nineteenth century. More people in Britain and North America participated in the crusade against the “demon drink” than in any other social movements; even more had had their lives touched by it, one way or another. Temperance was woven into the fabric of Victorian American culture, and we will explore the cultural meaning and impact of the issue in its historical context by examining what average Americans back then would have found interesting, such as popular novels, plays, public lectures, newspapers, and pamphlets.

Student learning goals

Learn to offer constructive criticism on the research of your peers.

Learn to do research online and to write creatively with historical sources.

To have an intimate knowledge of 19th century American culture.

General method of instruction

Weekly reading and class discussion; one-on-one advising

Recommended preparation

General familiarity with U.S. history would be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include oral reports on mini-projects, a substantial research package of primary sources on a chosen topic to be distributed for class discussion, a 10-15 page research paper.

Research paper 50% Research package 30% Mini-projects and participation 20%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Xi Chen
Date: 01/21/2013