HSTY 120-01X Course Schedule

Last updated: January 19, 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 Evaluating different perspectives
  • Mary Antin, The Promised Land (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1912), ch. 9.
  • Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes (New York: Macmillan, 1910), ch. 11.
Weds., Feb. 12 Thinking Historically About Sources Immigration history response due
Mon., Feb. 17 Presidents’ Day

No class meeting

Unit 2: Experiencing the Civil Rights Movement

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Weds., Feb. 19 The Segregated Society of Jim Crow America The American Yawp, ch. 26 (The Affluent Society)

 

Franklin response due
Mon., Feb. 24 The Long Battle for Civil Rights Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, Introduction (xix–xxiii), chapters 1–10 (pp. 1–115)

 

Weds., Feb. 26 Brown v. Board of Education and the Fight over Schools Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 11–18 (pp. 116–203) Complete Skills Module: Writing an Effective History Paper
Mon., Mar. 2 Civil Rights and the Cold War Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry, chapters 19–28 (pp. 204–312)
Weds., Mar. 4 Other Perspectives on Little Rock
Mon., Mar. 9 Laboratory Day: Little Rock and Civil Rights Complete Skills Module: Writing About History in Your Own Words
Weds., Mar. 11 Honors Project: Reading an Autobiography Beals essay due
Mon., Mar. 16–

Weds., Mar. 18

Spring Break

No class meetings

Unit 3: Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Mon., Mar. 23 Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum America The American Yawp, ch. 11 (The Cotton Revolution)
Weds., Mar. 25 The Abolition Movement The American Yawp, ch. 10 (Religion and Reform)
Mon., Mar. 30 Honors Project: Research Day
Weds., Apr. 1 Frederick Douglass and a Life in Slavery Douglass, Narrative of the Life, preface, letter, chs. 1–7 (pp. 31–69)
Mon., Apr. 6 Honors Project: Research Day
Weds., Apr. 8 “How a Slave Was Made a Man” Douglass, Narrative of the Life, chs. 8–12 (pp. 69–122)
Mon., Apr. 13 Honors Project: Creating a Poster
Weds., Apr. 15 Reading Douglass Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life, pp. 123–41
Mon., Apr. 20 Patriots’ Day

No class meeting

Weds., Apr. 22 Douglass as Abolitionist Politician Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in Blight, ed., pp. 145–69 Posters due
Mon., Apr. 27 Research Day

Conclusion: Autobiographies and History

Topic To Read Before Class To Do Before Class
Weds., Apr. 29 What is an autobiography? Bring Beals and Douglass to class Douglass essay due
Mon., May 4 Poster Session
Weds., May 6 What is an autobiography? Bring Beals and Douglass to class