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Paper topics, which will be based on the subjects and questions we discuss in the seminar, will be announced in class. For the research paper each student will select a subject in the struggle for social justice. The subject selected will be done in consultation with the instructor and will focus both on the importance of the subject as well as the contested history of the subject selected. Books Carson, Clayborne, eds.: Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Great Gatsby Kovic, Ron: Born on the Fourth of July Okada, John: No-No Boy Salinger, J.D. Nine Stories Stone, Geoffrey. War and Liberty Thoreau: Civil Disobedience Works followed by a (N) are available on NYU Classes Works followed by an asterisk (*) are included in the Course Pack available from Unique Copy Center (252 Greene Street). ************************************* September 4: Discussion of syllabus and course requirements. Excerpt from Milan Kundera’s Book of Laughter and Forgetting . (Reading distributed in class) September 11:“The past is not dead; it is not even past” How are we to know? What are we to know? Joyce Carol Oates, “Why Is Your Writing So Violent?” 3pp. (N) James Lowen, “Down the Memory Hole.” 16pp (*) Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience” (pp.1-8) Eyes on the Prize , pp. 1-60 September 18: Is there an ethics of memory? Do we have an obligation to remember—or a need to forget? Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” 39pp. (*) Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, pp. 1-22 (*) Eyes on the Prize , pp. 61-106 Paper 1: In class
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September 25: Lincoln and the Civil War Lincoln’s Inaugural Address & Letter to Horace Greeley, 7 pp. (N) David Blight:“Forgetting Why We Remember.”(
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