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HISTORY 1102 A People’s History of the United States, 1865 to Present Lectures – Monday, Wed, 10:00-10:50AM, Anderson Lecture Hall 7 Instructor: Bryant Simon Phone: 214-204-2429 Additional Instructors: Office: 836 Anderson Hall Stephen Nepa E-Mail: [email protected] Abigail Perkiss Office Hours: Wed, noon-1:30PM, or by appt Course Description : What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- Like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags Like a heavy load. Or does it explode? -- Langston Hughes History 1102 is designed as an introduction to modern US history. Unfortunately we can't cover everything that happened in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present in this class. That would be impossible. Instead, this class will highlight important themes, vital issues, and bitter conflicts from the troubled days of Reconstruction to the equally troubled days of the New Depression. The emphasis in this class will be on history from the "bottom up." We will focus on the daily struggles of ordinary people, rather than the public lives and thoughts of politicians and other public figures. More specifically, as the above quote from Langston Hughes, a famous 20 th - century African American poet, suggests this class will explore the meaning and nature of the American Dream. What is the American Dream? Who gets to live out the American Dream? We will look at who is included in America and who is excluded, and how the promises of America and American citizenship change over time. We will also look at how America’s role around the world developed and changed in the years since the Civil 1
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War – how it, if you will, exported a version of the American Dream. We will approach all of these topics through a mixture of lecture presentations and class discussions and through a variety of sources including readings, film, art, photography, and music. (For more on my approach to teaching history, see www.uga.edu/gm/399/399Main.html ). Course Requirements: You must do the reading and you must come to class ready and willing to actively listen -- that is, not to just take notes, but to think about, chew on, and examine what is being said. You must also contribute to your weekly discussions. Generally we devote these Friday meetings to a discussion of specific sets of readings and sources. During these sessions, we work hard at identifying and developing arguments about the past outlined in the lectures. In addition, you will be asked to take one midterm exam, two announced identification quizzes, several unannounced quizzes, a final exam with a cumulative section (Friday May 7, 8:00-10AM), and write three book memos. Please make note of the dates for each of assignments. They are announced ahead of time and cannot be changed. A note about the book memos
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course MOSAIC 0852 taught by Professor Raymondhalnon during the Spring '09 term at Temple.

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