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HISTORY

HIST-449
Topics in U.S. History (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include labor and workers, espionage and national security, radical tradition, political movements, science and technologies, film and history, and families and childhood. Some background in U.S. history is recommended. Meets with HIST-649.

HIST-449
001
HISTORY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3)

The Modern Presidency: FDR to Obama

The American presidency is the most powerful office in the world today. This course traces the history and development of the modern presidency from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Obama. It takes a chronological approach, but also considers important themes in presidential history. Meets with HIST-649 001.

HIST-449
002
HISTORY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3)

African Americans and the World

Exploring African American engagement with international politics and U.S. foreign relations, this course considers African Americans and the Haitian Revolution, the international abolitionist movement, black emigration, African American critiques of U.S. imperialism, Pan-Africanism, black communism, African American artists and entertainers in Europe, Africans Americans and Third World decolonization, Black Power in a global context, and the Anti-apartheid movement. Meets with HIST-649 002.

HIST-449
001
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3)

The Sixties in America

Students are immersed in the culture, media, politics, and controversies of 1960s America to understand the Sixties and better understand America today. They journey through a decade of intense cultural change, one defined by civil rights, black power, Vietnam, campus unrest, the generation gap, rock & roll, the sexual revolution, feminism, assassinations, as well as backlash. Meets with HIST-649 001.

HIST-449
002
HISTORY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3)

U.S. Legal History

This course introduces students to some of the main themes in the long and complicated historical interaction between the law and society in American history. Students examine articles, books, magazines, and even some digital media to understand how this interaction between law and society has shaped topics ranging from sex, slavery, labor, espionage, and terrorism. Just as important, students try to understand how these stories created many of the conditions of our own times. Questions such as, why can government peek in our homes; why can the law control the way we use our bodies; is there a place in the law for skin color; and finally, how do laws change are reviewed. Law typically conjures up familiar images of grand courts, deliberative juries, and stodgy judges, but throughout U.S. history, law and lawmakers have also come in different shapes. Indeed, churches in Puritan Massachusetts, slave patrols in the old South, charity organizations in turn-of-the-century Chicago, and the World Bank today, have each wielded power over persons and their property. The goal is to identify how law has shaped society, how society has shaped the law, and how this tangled history, has established the central foundations and boundaries of society.