Margaret Pugh O'Mara
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
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%