HIST 225 Course Schedule

Last updated: November 26, 2018


Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Weds., Sept. 5 Introduction
Thurs., Sept. 6 Why study history? Blog post (Required)
Mon., Sept. 10 The American Revolution: A Brief Narrative Complete Skills Module: Understanding Secondary Sources
Weds., Sept. 12 The Early Republic: A Brief Narrative
Thurs., Sept. 13 Classic Interpretations, Classic Questions Blog post (Optional)
Mon., Sept. 17 Journals, Books, and Databases I Class meets today in Whittemore Library, Room UM-14
Weds., Sept. 19 Journals, Books, and Databases II
Thurs., Sept. 20 Changing the Scholarly Conversation
  • T. H. Breen, “Ideology and Nationalism on the Eve of the American Revolution: Revisions Once More in Need of Revising,” The Journal of American History 84, no. 1 (1997): 13–39.
Blog post (Optional)
Mon., Sept. 24 How to Read for Argument
  • Katherine Carté Engel, “Revisiting the Bishop Controversy,” in The American Revolution Reborn, ed. Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman, Early American Studies (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), 132–49.
Weds., Sept. 26 How to Read a Book
Thurs., Sept. 27 Geographical Frameworks
  • DuVal, Independence Lost, Parts I and II
Mon., Oct. 1 Citation: Showing Your Work
  • Browse Chicago Manual of Style
Complete Skills Module: Citing Sources Using Chicago Manual of Style
Weds., Oct. 3 How to Prepare for a Book Discussion
Thurs., Oct. 4 New Views of the Revolution
  • DuVal, Independence Lost, Parts III and IV
Blog post (Optional)
Mon., Oct. 8 COLUMBUS DAY No class meeting
Weds., Oct. 10 How to Read a Book Review
  • Susanah Shaw Romney, Arkansas Historical Quarterly 75, no. 2 (2016): 165-167
  • James F. Brooks, William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 3 (2017): 533-541.
  • Woody HoltonNew York Times, July 5, 2015
  • Christopher F. Minty, The Junto, August 27, 2015
Thurs., Oct. 11 Charters of Freedom? Blog post (Required)
Mon., Oct. 15 Methods: Gender
Weds., Oct. 17 Historical Revision
Thurs., Oct. 18 Women in the Revolution
  • Sara T. Damiano, “Writing Women’s History Through the Revolution: Family Finances, Letter Writing, and Conceptions of Marriage,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., vol. 74, no. 4 (2017): 697–728.
Blog post (Optional)
Mon., Oct. 22 Anatomy of an Article I Primary sources as assigned from Damiano article Complete Skills Module: How to Read a Primary Source
Weds., Oct. 24 Anatomy of an Article II Secondary sources as assigned from Damiano article
Thurs., Oct. 25 The Research and Writing Process Sources as assigned from Damiano article Blog post (Required): Due by 8:30 a.m.
Mon., Oct. 29 Methods: What Counts as Politics?
  • Joanne B. Freeman, “Slander, Poison, Whispers, and Fame: Jefferson’s ‘Anas’ and Political Gossip in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic 15, no. 1 (1995): 25–57.
Submit review essay proposal
Weds., Oct. 31 How to Make an Oral Presentation
Thurs., Nov. 1 Historiographical Questions
  • Catherine O’Donnell, “Literature and Politics in the Early Republic: Views from the Bridge,” Journal of the Early Republic 30, no. 2 (Summer 2010): 279–92.
  • Duncan Faherty and Ed White, eds., Amelia: Or the Faithless Briton, Just Teach One (1789).
Mon., Nov. 5 Careers for History Majors Visit by Career Services and Employer Relations Blog post (Required): Due by 8:30 a.m.
Weds., Nov. 7 Historiography and Recent Scholarship Bring notes for group presentation
Thurs., Nov. 8 Methods: Cultural History
  • David Waldstreicher, “Ancients, Moderns, and Africans: Phillis Wheatley and the Politics of Empire and Slavery in the American Revolution,” Journal of the Early Republic 37, no. 4 (2017): 701–33.
  • Mitch Kachun, “Crispus Attucks: American Revolutionary Hero?,” Age of Revolutions (blog), March 5, 2018.
Mon., Nov. 12 Veterans Day No class meeting
Weds., Nov. 14 Historiography and Recent Scholarship
  • Submit annotated bibliography
  • Bring notes for group presentation
Thurs., Nov. 15 Historiography and Recent Scholarship Presentations in-class
Mon., Nov. 19 Anatomy of a Review Essay
  • Ronald Angelo Johnson, “Not Your Fathers’ Revolution: Internationalizing American Independence,” Reviews in American History 46, no. 1 (2018): 14–20.
  • Julia Gaffield, “Race and Nation During the Age of Revolution,” Reviews in American History 45, no. 3 (2017): 404–9.
Blog post (Optional)
Weds., Nov. 21 Review Essays and Scholarly Engagement Bring three articles related to your essay topic to class
Thurs., Nov. 22 Thanksgiving No class meeting
Mon., Nov. 26 Methods: Atlantic History
  • Maya Jasanoff, “The Other Side of Revolution: Loyalists in the British Empire,” William and Mary Quarterly 65, no. 2 (2008): 205–32.
Weds., Nov. 28 Laboratory Day TBD
Thurs., Nov. 29 Historians and the American Revolution Blog post (Required)
Mon., Dec. 3 Laboratory Day TBD Submit at least 1,000 words of review essay
Weds., Dec. 5 Editing and Revision No class meeting—see schedule of individual meetings
Thurs., Dec. 6 Editing and Revision No class meeting—see schedule of individual meetings
Mon., Dec. 10 Laboratory Day TBD
Weds., Dec. 12 Laboratory Day TBD
Thurs., Dec. 13 Writing Workshop Bring complete draft of review essay to class