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HIST 120 Course Schedule

Last updated: November 9, 2016

Introduction: Thinking Like a Historian

Date Topic Reading Assignment
Fri., Sept. 2 Course Introduction
Mon., Sept. 5 Labor Day – No class meeting
Weds., Sept. 7 How do historians work?
Thurs., Sept. 8 What is an autobiography? Diane Bjorklund, Interpreting the Self: Two Hundred Years of American Autobiography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), ch. 2. (Blackboard)
Fri., Sept. 9 What is an autobiography? Bring Bjorklund
Mon., Sept. 12 What questions should we ask about autobiographies? Workshop module: How to a Read Primary Source (Blackboard) Bring three possible questions to class

Complete module quiz

Unit 1: Contemporary Stories

Weds., Sept. 14 Introducing Ta-Nehisi Coates and Baltimore Coates, Between the World and Me, 3-71
Thurs., Sept. 15 DiscussionBetween the World and Me Coates, Between the World and Me, 75-108
Fri., Sept. 16 DiscussionBetween the World and Me Coates, Between the World and Me, 108-32
Mon., Sept. 19 DiscussionBetween the World and Me Complete Between the World and Me
Weds., Sept. 21 Writing About the Past
  • Response due at start of class
  • Bring your laptop to class
Thurs., Sept. 22 The Limits of One Man’s View
Fri., Sept. 23 Other Perspectives Workshop Module: Writing an Effective History Paper  Complete module quiz
Mon., Sept. 26 Writing Workshop Workshop: Writing About History in Your Own Words Bring your laptop to class

Complete module quiz

Weds., Sept. 28 Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Recent Past  Workshop: Chicago Manual of Style Bring your laptop to class

Complete module quiz

Unit 2: Natives and English in Early New England

Thurs., Sept. 29 King Philip’s War and Puritan Society Paper 1 due at beginning of class
Fri., Sept. 30 King Philip’s War and Puritan Society Begin Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, 63–112
Mon., Oct. 3 Discussion: The Sovereignty and Goodness of God Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, 63–112
Weds., Oct. 5 Discussion: The Sovereignty and Goodness of God Bring Rowlandson to class
Thurs., Oct. 6 Workshop Day Reading response due at start of class
Fri., Oct. 7 Other Accounts of the War Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Part III, Related Documents, 113–68 (read Documents 1, 3-9)
Mon., Oct. 10 Columbus Day – No class meeting
Weds., Oct. 12 Other Accounts of the War Bring Rowlandson to class
Thurs., Oct. 13 Understanding King Philip’s War
Fri., Oct. 14 How have historians talked about Mary Rowlandson? Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity (New York: Vintage Books, 1998), chapter 5. (Blackboard)
Mon., Oct. 17 How have historians talked about Mary Rowlandson?  Bring Lepore to class

Unit 3: The First American?

Weds., Oct. 19 Writing Workshop Bring your laptop to class
Thurs., Oct. 20 Writing Workshop Bring your laptop to class
Fri., Oct. 21 Eighteenth-Century British America
Mon., Oct. 24 Eighteenth-Century British America Paper 2 due at the beginning of class
Weds., Oct. 26 Boston, Philadelphia, London, Paris Franklin, Autobiography, 21-78
Thurs., Oct. 27 Discussion: The Autobiography Franklin, Autobiography, 78-97
Fri., Oct. 28 Discussion: The Autobiography  Franklin, Autobiography, 97-160
Mon., Oct. 31 Discussion: The Autobiography
Weds., Nov. 2 Research Day Reading response due at beginning of class

Bring your laptop to class

Thurs., Nov. 3 Comparing the life story with the lived life James N. Green and Peter Stallybrass, “Making and Remaking Benjamin Franklin: The ‘Autobiography,’” in Benjamin Franklin: Writer and Printer (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2006), 145–71. (Blackboard)
Fri., Nov. 4 Comparing the life story with the lived life  Bring Green/Stallybrass and Franklin to class

Unit 4: Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America

Mon., Nov. 7 Writing Day Bring your laptop to class
Weds., Nov. 9 Election Discussion
Thurs., Nov. 10 Workshop Day Bring Franklin, laptop, paper worksheet
Fri., Nov. 11 Veterans’ Day – No class meeting
Mon., Nov. 14 Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America Paper 3 due at beginning of class
Weds., Nov. 16 Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America Douglass, Narrative of the Life, 31-59
Thurs., Nov. 17 Discussion: Douglass, Narrative of the Life Douglass, Narrative of the Life, 59-79
Fri., Nov. 18 Discussion: Douglass, Narrative of the Life Douglass, Narrative of the Life, 79-106
Mon., Nov. 21 Discussion: Douglass, Narrative of the Life Douglass, Narrative of the Life, 106-25  Please bring your laptop to class
Weds., Nov. 23 Film Screening: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Thurs., Nov. 24

Fri., Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Recess – No class meeting
Mon., Nov. 28 Research Day Bring Douglass, laptop to class
Weds., Nov. 30 Douglass as Abolitionist Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life, 146–72 Response due at beginning at class
Thurs., Dec. 1 Douglass as Abolitionist Ephraim Peabody, “Narratives of Fugitive Slaves,” in Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life.
Fri., Dec. 2 Writing Workshop Bring your laptop to class

Autobiographies and History

Mon., Dec. 5 Return to Baltimore Paper 4 due at beginning of class
Weds., Dec. 7 N.D.B. Connolly Visit N.D.B. Connolly, “How did African Americans discover they were being ‘redlined?'” Talking Points Memo, August 9, 2015
Thurs., Dec. 8 What can we learn from autobiographies? Please bring all four autobiographies (Coates, Rowlandson, Franklin, Douglass) to class
Fri., Dec. 9 What can we learn from autobiographies? Please bring all four autobiographies (Coates, Rowlandson, Franklin, Douglass) to class
Mon., Dec. 12 What can we learn from autobiographies? Please bring all four autobiographies (Coates, Rowlandson, Franklin, Douglass) to class
Weds., Dec. 14 What can we learn from autobiographies? Please bring all four autobiographies (Coates, Rowlandson, Franklin, Douglass) to class

The final exam for each section will take place on the date set by the Registrar.

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