William J Rorabaugh
Survey of American society and institutions from the colonial era through the Civil War, with special attention to reform, labor, immigration, education, law enforcement and the city.
This course examines US society and its values before 1865. It will consider economic structure, social processes, religion, and the stresses of change, lifestyles, and popular attitudes. The approach will be largely cultural. Reading assignments are primary sources.
Student learning goals
Students will have a broader and deeper understanding of US History.
Discussion of primary sources promotes ability to analyze historical and other kinds of documents.
General method of instruction
Lectures with Friday discussions of assigned reading.
US history survey or a good general knowledge of US history.
Class assignments and grading
Discussion of reading, essay midterm, and essay final exam. Books: Franklin, Autobiography; Otter, History; de Tocqueville, Democracy in America; Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Discussions of reading (25%), Midterm Exam (25%), Final Exam (50%).