HSTY 120-002 Course Schedule

Last updated: February 16, 2020

Slide Decks

Course Readings

Unit 1: Autobiographies as Historical Sources

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Weds., Jan. 22 Introduction: Who Tells Your Story?
Mon., Jan. 27 How do historians work? Complete Skills Module: Understanding Secondary Sources
Weds., Jan. 29 What is an autobiography? Diane Bjorklund, Interpreting the Self: Two Hundred Years of American Autobiography, ch. 2
Mon., Feb. 3 Telling the story of one’s life Samson Occom, “A Short Narrative of My Life” (undated) Complete Skills Module: How to Read a Primary Source
Weds., Feb. 5 Terms for Life Stories Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Reading Autobiography, ch. 9 (selections)
Mon., Feb. 10 Reading an autobiography
  • Mary Antin, The Promised Land (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1912), ch. 9.
Weds., Feb. 12 Evaluating different perspectives
  • Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes (New York: Macmillan, 1910), ch. 11.
Mon., Feb. 17 Presidents’ Day

No class meeting

Weds., Feb. 19 Autobiographies and the Historical Record Immigration history response due
Mon., Feb. 24 A Common Experience of War?
  • Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, excerpt
  • John R. Kelso, Bloody Engagements: John R. Kelso’s Civil War, ed. Christopher Grasso (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), excerpt.
  • Teresa Fazio, “How Skateboarding Helped Me Cope with War,” New York Times, May 26, 2018.
Weds., Feb. 26 Life Stories and Public Policy Franklin response due

Unit 2: Experiencing the Civil Rights Movement

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Mon., Mar. 2 The Segregated Society of Jim Crow America The American Yawp, ch. 26 (The Affluent Society)
Weds., Mar. 4 The Long Battle for Civil Rights Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, Introduction (xix–xxiii), chapters 1–6 (pp. 1–65)
Mon., Mar. 9 Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight over Schools Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 7–16 (pp. 66–175)
Weds., Mar. 11 Civil Rights and the Cold War Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 17–21 (pp. 176–230)
Mon., Mar. 16–

Weds., Mar. 18

Spring Break

No class meetings

Mon., Mar. 23 The Little Rock Nine Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 22–28 (pp.231–312)
Weds., Mar. 25 Other Perspectives on Little Rock I Complete Skills Module: Writing an Effective History Paper
Mon., Mar. 30 Other Perspectives on Little Rock II
  • New York Times, Sept. 26, 1957
Weds., Apr. 1 Laboratory Day: Little Rock and Civil Rights

Unit 3: Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Mon., Apr. 6 Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America The American Yawp, ch. 11 (The Cotton Revolution) Unit 2 Essay due by 11:59 p.m.
Weds., Apr. 8 The Abolition Movement The American Yawp, ch. 10 (Religion and Reform)
Mon., Apr. 13 Frederick Douglass and a Life in Slavery Douglass, Narrative of the Life, preface, letter, chs. 1–7
Weds., Apr. 15 “How a Slave Was Made a Man” Douglass, Narrative of the Life, chs. 8–12
Mon., Apr. 20 Patriots’ Day

No class meeting

Weds., Apr. 22 Reading Douglass Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life, pp. 123–41
Mon., Apr. 27 Douglass as Abolitionist Politician Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in Blight, ed., pp. 145–69
Weds., Apr. 29 Writing Laboratory Day

Conclusion: Autobiographies and History

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Mon., May 4 What is an autobiography? Bring Beals and Douglass to class Final draft of Paper 3 due
Weds., May 6 What is an autobiography? Bring Beals and Douglass to class