HIST 120-002 Course Schedule

Last updated: October 29, 2018

SECTION 002

Introduction: Thinking Like a Historian

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Thurs., Sept. 6 Introduction: Who Tells Your Story?
Tues., Sept. 11 How do historians work?
Thurs., Sept. 13 What is an autobiography?

Unit 1: Experiencing the Civil Rights Movement

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Tues., Sept. 18 The Segregated Society of Jim Crow America The American Yawp, ch. 26 (The Affluent Society)
Thurs., Sept. 20 The Long Battle for Civil Rights Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, Introduction (xix–xxiii), chapters 1–6 (pp. 1–65)
Tues., Sept. 25 Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight over Schools Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 7–16 (pp. 66–175)
Thurs., Sept. 27 No class meeting
Tues., Oct. 2 Civil Rights and the Cold War Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 17–21 (pp. 176–230)
Thurs., Oct. 4 The Little Rock Nine Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 22–28 (pp.231–312)
Tues., Oct. 9 Other Perspectives on Little Rock
  • Orval Faubus interview, “The Mike Wallace Interview,” September 15, 1957
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower, National Address, September 24, 1957
  • [In Class] New York Times coverage
    • “U.S. Troops Enforce Peace in Little Rock as Nine Negroes Return to Classes,” Sept. 26, 1957
    • “Students Accept Negroes Calmly,” September 26, 1957
Thurs., Oct. 11 Laboratory Day: Little Rock and Civil Rights

Unit 2: Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Tues., Oct. 16 Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America The American Yawp, ch. 11 (The Cotton Revolution) Paper 1 due
Thurs., Oct. 18 The Abolition Movement The American Yawp, ch. 10 (Religion and Reform)
Tues., Oct. 23 Frederick Douglass and a Life in Slavery Douglass, Narrative of the Life, preface, letter, chs. 1–7
Thurs., Oct. 25 “How a Slave Was Made a Man” Douglass, Narrative of the Life, chs. 8–12
Tues., Oct. 30 Douglass as Abolitionist Politician Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” July 5, 1852 Complete Skills Module: Writing an Effective History Paper [QUIZ]
Thurs., Nov. 1 Douglass as Abolitionist Publisher North Star (Rochester, NY), excerpts
Tues., Nov. 6 Writing Laboratory Day Bring full draft of Paper 2 to class

Complete Skills Module: Citing Sources Using the Chicago Manual of Style [QUIZ]

Unit 3: The First American?

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Thurs., Nov. 8 Eighteenth-Century British America Paper 2 due
Tues., Nov. 13 The Worlds of Benjamin Franklin The American Yawp, ch. 4 (Colonial Society) Complete Skills Module: Understanding Secondary Sources [QUIZ]
Thurs., Nov. 15 Boston, London, and Philadelphia I Franklin, Autobiography, Parts I–II
Tues., Nov. 20 Boston, London, and Philadelphia II Frankin, Autobiography, Parts III–IV
Thus., Nov. 22 NO CLASS – Thanksgiving Day
Tues., Nov. 27 Thinking about Franklin All students will read from Chaplin:

  • Michael Warner, “Franklin: The Representational Politics of the Man of Letters,” 357–83

Each student will read one of the following in Chaplin (assigned on Tues., Nov. 22):

  • I.B. Cohen, “Franklin and Science,” 336–43
  • David Levin, “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: The Puritan Experimenter in Life and Art,” 343–57
  • Peter Stallybrass, “Benjamin Franklin: Printed Collections and Erasable Writing,” 383–94
Bring your laptop/tablet to class
Thurs., Nov. 29 Research Day Bring your laptop/tablet to class
Tues., Dec. 4 Research/Writing Day Bring your laptop/tablet to class
Thurs., Dec. 6 Peer Editing Bring full draft of Paper 3 to class

Conclusion: Autobiographies and History

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Tues., Dec. 11 Diane Bjorklund, Interpreting the Self: Two Hundred Years of American Autobiography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), ch. 2. Final draft of Paper 3 due
Thurs., Dec. 13 What is an autobiography? Bring all three autobiographies to class