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Margaret Pugh O'Mara
HSTAA 522
Seattle Campus

American History: Writings and Interpretations Since 1870

Class description

This readings and discussion course introduces you to the historiography of modern America and to some major contemporary debates in the field. With only nine class meetings and much ground to cover, I have been selective in my choices to balance out other regular graduate course offerings in this Department that cover certain modern U.S. subfields in greater depth. The reading load is heavy, and is organized chiefly by theme rather than by chronology. We will be reading both classics as well as recent works that complement and complicate earlier interpretations. Successful participation in the course will give students a solid grounding in the historiography and prepare them for more specialized research in one or more of its subfields and/or in other disciplines. Students will also have an enhanced understanding of how to teach this material to undergraduate students in both general and topical courses.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Once-weekly seminar.

Recommended preparation

Open only to graduate students.

Class assignments and grading

participation/readings/notes 50%; historiographic presentation and bibliography 15%; syllabus and narrative 15%; final essay 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.
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Last Update by Margaret Pugh O'Mara
Date: 01/24/2011