jordan101 - HIST 101D and AMST 101D, United States History...

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HIST 101D and AMST 101D, United States History to 1865 *No recording of lectures or laptops will be permitted in class.* Ben Jordan Seitz House 6, extension 5642, Email: jordanb@kenyon.edu Office hours: Monday 2:15-4:00, Wednesday 8:45-11:30, Thursday 8:45-9:45 Class description: As the title and preface of our core textbook suggests, this class will emphasize the tensions between Liberty, Equality, and Power in the formation and development of the American nation-state to 1865. Students will be challenged to think about how one American’s liberty has sometimes come at the expense of the rights of others. We will examine the role of power in politics, the workforce, families, and broader culture. The class will analyze events and trends central to America’s history, including the conquest of native peoples, the diversification of colonial economic and social systems, slavery and servitude, the American Revolution and resulting federal republic, market capitalism, urbanization, westward expansion, egalitarian and religious movements, and the Civil War. Class goals: The broader goals of this class parallel the stated mission of Kenyon College: “to be able to speak and write clearly so as to advance thoughts and arguments cogently; to be able to discriminate between the essential and the trivial; to arrive at well-informed value judgments; to be able to work independently and with others; to be able to comprehend our culture as well as other cultures.” This class aims to help students develop these essential academic and life skills via practicing the Historian’s Craft. Students will be encouraged to see the writing of history as an ongoing process and argument instead of a fixed, factual narrative. Students will build beginning proficiencies in analyzing primary sources, formulating arguments, evaluating historical interpretations, recognizing multiple perspectives, and oral and written expression. Students will simultaneously develop understanding of important themes, ideas, and events in American history through the Civil War. Class methods: This class uses a variety of methods to engage students in the joys of history and the Historian’s Craft. I believe that students learn well from each other and that I learn as much from students as they learn from me. In addition to traditional lecture, we will spend a significant portion of class time in discussion and group activities. We will practice analyzing primary sources such as images, written documents, films, songs, and material culture in light of historical concepts from lecture and readings. Students will be expected to participate in class activities such as historical debates, role- playing, and peer evaluation of written and oral work. Practicing history can touch on many sensitive
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2010 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '10 term at Hocking.

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