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Brian G. Casserly
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

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.

Recommended preparation

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.

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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 Brian G. Casserly
Date: 10/28/2010