US History - Nineteenth Century United States History
HIST-H650 with Professor Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
This colloquium offers an overview of the history and historiography of the United States in the so-called “long nineteenth century,” ranging roughly from the early years of the New Republic to the start of the Progressive Era. While it does not cover every possible issue or subfield (an impossible task in a single semester), the goal is to familiarize students with both the important subject matters that influenced the course of nineteenth-century US history and the ways in which those topics and that era have been studied and explained.
This course will require students to read both intensively and broadly by focusing on a wide range of matters, from slavery and abolition to women’s rights and Civil War, as well as a variety of scholarly approaches. Readings will include traditional academic monographs and articles as well as books intended to appeal to broader audiences, and discussions will focus on analyzing these readings and situating them within larger historiographical contexts and scholarly debates. We will also examine issues such as method, organization, style, audience, scale, and scope. Finally, we will consider which overarching themes best capture the time and place under study.
This course is intended to help students prepare for qualifying examinations, teaching, and the intellectual tasks common in academic careers, such as writing book reviews and grant proposals, as well as researching and writing historiographical overviews (or literature reviews).
Comparative History - History & the Photographic Archive
HIST-H699 with Professor Danny James
Comparative History - Urban History
HIST-H699 with Professor Michael Dodson