Michael Beyea Reagan
Surveys American diversity since 1500. Repeopling of America through conquest and immigration by Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans. Contributions of various peoples and the conflicts between them, with special attention to changing constructions of race and ethnicity and evolving understandings of what it means to be American.
This course will explore developments in American history from the pre-Columbian period through the 20th century. We will consider change over time and evaluate the causes of those changes. Our exploration will especially focus on issues of race, gender, and labor as we consider not only the actions of the state and politicians, but also those of ordinary people, their social movements, and how they too propelled the development of historical events. We will also evaluate historiography, that is the history of how historical events have been portrayed over time, and the impact stories of the past have had on the present.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based on four elements: midterm, final, papers, and participation. All assignments are mandatory; failure to complete any one will make it impossible to pass the course. The papers will count for 30% of the grade; the final 30%; midterm 20%; participation 20%.