03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW
Section Information for Spring 2021
This course focuses on how historians use gender and race analysis to understand U.S. history from approximately 1890-1920. From wild west shows to race riots, boxers to belly dancers, anti-lynching activists to women’s suffrage opponents - Americans in this period debated and altered their interrelated racial and gender identities. We will travel to a time when Black women led a movement against racial violence and voter suppression and joined a women’s rights movement that transformed American politics; when many Americans celebrated the nation’s cultural diversity while others feared that immigrants endangered the American way of life; when the meaning of “white man” itself was in flux; and when, eventually, such political and cultural conflicts influenced responses to a global pandemic. In other words, we will explore how Americans in the past tackled issues that may sound very current to us today. We will spend each week reading, writing about, and discussing scholarly studies. In the process, students will improve their skills of historical analysis and will also practice applying those skills to primary source research. As an online, synchronous course, students are expected to prepare for, attend, and participate in all class meetings. The professor will work with students informally and individually to help them get the most out of this format.
HIST 389 DL4 is a distance education section.
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