Section 1, 3:35-4:50 MW, Professor Paehler
In Buried by the Times, Laurel Leff shows how information about the Holocaust was quite literally buried in and by the NYT; she aptly and persuasively ties the decisions at the paper to the multifaceted historical context in which it was published.
This class will take an approach similar to Leff's and investigate (U.S.) reporting on the Nazi persecution of Jews and the Holocaust. Students will do primary source research in international, national, and local papers and evaluate their findings in the historiographical matrix of reporting in the 1930 and 1940s; Nazi Germany and its racial and imperial designs; and the U.S. at the dawn of the (rather short) "American century."
This class ties into "History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust" at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC. https://newspapers.ushmm.org/
Section 2, 2-3:15 MW, Professor Jasper
Section 3, 2-3:15 TR, Professor Reda
While we are all familiar with the names Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison, their actual contributions to our nation's founding are for most Americans shrouded in myth. In this course we will examine the backgrounds of the Founders and analyze their specific accomplishments while also exploring the issues that united them as well as those that threatened to tear them - and the infant United States - apart. Using secondary works along with the numerous primary sources available, each student will come up with a historical question pertaining to one or more of these men to pursue and develop into a research paper that makes a historical argument and addresses the historiography of this field.
Section 4, 12:35-1:50 TR, Professor Winger
What has the history of common people to teach us about the Civil War? From this perspective does the war seem like it was the inevitable result of deep underlying forces Was it about capitalism, or states' rights, or slavery? What role did questions about gender and race play in coming of the war? In its outcome? To what extent was the big understanding? To what extent was it about race and slavery? You get to read diaries, letters, and newspaper articles and it will be your job to tell me!
The Valley of the Shadow project is a large database of original source documents from two counties, one North and one South, from the Civil War period. This database is an excellent way to study how common people experiences the war and how their experiences may have affected the outcome. After studying the historiography of the Civil War, and reading a book drawn from this database, the charm of this course will be your encounter with endless diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts. Utilizing the vast primary sources of The Valley of the shadow project, you will explore and write history about this period yourselves. In addition, you may choose to explore primary documents about the Civil War from closer to home.
Section 1, 3:35-:50 TR, Professor Olsen
Section 1, 11-12:15 MW, Professor Jasper
"Digital Methods in Historical Research" - The digital revolution has already arrived in historical studies and it presents unique and exciting possibilities for the Liberal Arts. This class provides a setting to apply digital tools now available to historical scholarship and methods for applying these in real scholarly research. Central to this course is teaching-learning model suited to the digital age; namely, the course is constructed around collaboration. Students will be working with the data of one history faculty (Kathryn Jasper) and will learn how to visualize that data using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Dr. John Kostelnick (Department of Geography, Geology, and the Enviornment) will serve as our course consultant and teach students GIS mapping techniques using said data. These unpublished data are primarily medieval documents (eleventh-twelfth centuries; letters and land deeds), but no prior experience with medieval history is required. Students will be involved in "actual" research that could result in conference presentations or publications.
Section 1, 6-9:50 W, Professor Soderlund
Section 1, 6-9:50 M, Professor Gifford
"Slavery and Abolition" - The focus on this course will be the history of antislavery and abolition from the Revolutionary period through the US Civil War. Throughout the semester, we will explore a variety of themes: Revolutionary Antislavery, Anglo-American Anti-slavery movements, Black Abolitionists in the New Republic, Immediatism, Black Abolitionists 1830-1865, the Underground Railroad, Fugitive Slaves, Abolition and Politics, Abolition and Gender, Abolition and the Coming of the CW and the Civil War as an Abolitionist War. Through an analysis and discussion of these themes, students will gain a nuanced understanding of antislavery and abolitionism, including its importance in understanding the 19th century, and an opportunity to see who has shaped and who is shaping our understanding of the topic.
Section 1, 6-9:50 T, Professor Adedze
Section 1, 6-9:50 R, Professor Hartman