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Judith P. Green
HSTAA 432
Seattle Campus

History of Washington and the Pacific Northwest

Exploration and settlement; economic development; growth of government and social institutions; statehood.

Class description

HSTAA 432 surveys Pacific Northwest history generally, emphasizing what is now known as Washington and Oregon and encapsulating the periods from Native hegemony to Euro-American exploration and trading, to conquest and rural settlement, and to industrialization and urban development – in other words, from the 1770s to the present. We will examine not just the “facts” of history, but what is dynamic about the past: movement of humans across the landscape; changes in values and notions of power; boundary and “state” formation; social, economic, and political developments; race as an idea and race relations; class, labor and legal issues; and ideas about nature and the environment. We want to understand the implications and importance of regional history – and therefore regional identity – and to link regional history to larger historical influences and trends. As we explore the region’s past, we will study history as a method and a discipline and develop skills in reading, writing, and thinking about the past. Readings are drawn from a variety of primary sources.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Due to extensive work with primary source materials, some background in college-level history is highly recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Two formal essays will be assigned: a three page paper based on one of the assigned readings and a paper of 7-10 pages based on two of the readings and involving some original research. Readings will include six books and excerpts from several articles or works. Two exams will be given -- a mid-term exam and a final -- that will include essay writing.


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 Moran Tompkins
Date: 04/10/2003