Brian G. Casserly
Exploration and settlement; economic development; growth of government and social institutions; statehood.
We will explore the history of the Pacific Northwest from the time of initial white exploration and settlement in the 1770s to the end of the 20th century. We will examine issues such as exploration, settlement, relations between Native Americans and newcomers, class and race relations, attitudes toward the environment, changes in the economy and politics of the region, and the development of a sense of regional identity. Much of our focus will be on analyzing primary sources such as memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, photos, and journalistic accounts. We will also read and discuss some interpretations of the region's history by historians and other scholars. In addition to helping students gain a greater understanding of Northwest history, the class also aims to help students develop a sense of historical thinking.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students will learn through a combination of lectures, readings, writing assignments and exams.
Previous history classes would be helpful but are not required.
Class assignments and grading
Extensive reading assignments, papers (2 short papers and one longer research paper), midterm and final exams.
Available in class syllabus