American

HIST451 - US AND THE WORLD SINCE 1898

Description: 
This class examines the emergence of the U.S. as a world power since 1898, and considers both the international and domestic consequences of U.S. foreign relations. In one respect, the twentieth century was a strange time to become a global empire: it was the period when colonial systems centered in Europe, Russia, Japan, and Turkey collapsed, and new nations emerged throughout Africa and Asia. This class explores the changing strategies of military, economic, and political intervention that the U.S. pursued as colonization lost legitimacy. Within that framework, the class invites students to think about several questions: How did the idea and practice of empire change over the twentieth century? How did the United States relate to new visions of independence emerging in Africa, Asia, and Latin America? How did global interactions both inform and reflect racial ideology in the United States? Finally, how did international affairs transform U.S. politics and social movements?
Instructors: 
OFFNER, AMY
Day and Time: 
TR 1030AM-1200PM
Activity: 
LEC
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    HIST463 - HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION

    Description: 
    This course will examine the growth and development of American schools, from the birth of the republic into the present. By 1850, the United States sent a greater fraction of its children to school than any other nation on earth. Why? What did young people learn there? And, most of all, how did these institutions both reflect and shape our evolving conceptions of "America" itself?
    Instructors: 
    ZIMMERMAN, JONATHAN
    Day and Time: 
    MW 0200PM-0330PM
    Room: 
    EDUCATION BUILDING 203
    Activity: 
    SEM
    Cross Listings: 
      Registration Notes: 
      CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US
      • Major Concentrations: American
      • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US

      HIST231 - WARTIME INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS

      Description: 
      This research seminar will consist of a review of representative studies on the Japanese American internment, and a discussion of how social scientists and historians have attempted to explain its complex backgrounds and causes. Through the careful reading of academic works, primary source materials, and visualized narratives (film productions), students will learn the basic historiography of internment studies, research methodologies, and the politics of interpretation pertaining to this particular historical subject. Students will also examine how Japanese Americans and others have attempted to reclaim a history of the wartime internment from the realm of “detached” academia in the interest of their lives in the “real” world, and for a goal of “social justice” in general. The class will critically probe the political use of history and memories of selected pasts in both Asian American community and contemporary American society through the controversial issue of the Japanese American internment.
      Instructors: 
      AZUMA, EIICHIRO
      Day and Time: 
      T 0130PM-0430PM
      Activity: 
      SEM
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        HIST234 - The Catholic World, Medieval to Modern

        Description: 
        Rebuild my Church – this was the divine message that Francis of Assisi believed he heard at the dawn of the thirteenth century. It became the basis of his mission to reform Catholicism and, over 800 years later, his reformation was embraced symbolically when Jorge Bergoglio assumed the name of Pope Francis I. What exactly was the species of Catholicism that they encountered and in what new directions did they lead it? Just after the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation was celebrated around the world last year, this moment is a singular opportunity to study the longer term evolutions and reformations in the history of Catholicism in which the Protestant reformations are situated. This course introduces students to the global history of Catholicism over the last millennium. It will trace the development of this religion as an institution and set of doctrines interacting with concrete historical circumstances. It also will investigate what it was like to live Catholicism in different eras and different places, moving across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa between the High Middle Ages and the modern globalized world. No prior knowledge is required. Students will evaluate our knowledge about this subject through close examination of primary texts, material artifacts, audio-visual sources, and modern historical scholarship, posting regular discussion questions for the benefit of the seminar. The course will feature a midterm exam and a final essay of 8-12 pages (or final exam in lieu of a final essay). This course may be taken to fulfill the following requirements for Penn History Majors and Minors: Pre-1800, SEM, and one of the following geographic areas, depending on the topic of the student's research paper: Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, U.S.
        Instructors: 
        CHEELY, DANIEL
        Day and Time: 
        M 0600PM-0900PM
        Activity: 
        SEM
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          HIST243 - THE AMERICAN WOMEN'S MOVEMENT AND LGBT LIBERATION, 1960S-1980S

          Description: 
          This seminar explores the history of the feminist and LGBT movements from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s in Philadelphia. Although there will be some attention to national organizations, we will focus on social and political activism as it was made in local groups and spaces. We will explore the social and cultural web that fostered activism, for example, in gay and lesbian coffee houses, campus women's centers, bookstores, and radio shows. We will also pay attention to groups and actions that may not have been self-consciously defined as "feminist" or "gay liberationist," but had important effects on social change related to gender and sexuality; these include African American, Latino/a, and working-class organizations. This is a hands-on research seminar, with students exploring local archives and special collections to document and analyze these complex movements. Each student will conduct an oral history, analyze a set of published and printed sources, and write a paper based on archival research.
          Instructors: 
          PEISS, KATHY
          Day and Time: 
          T 0130PM-0430PM
          Activity: 
          SEM
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            HIST346 - BODIES, RACE AND RIGHTS: SEX AND CITIZENSHIP IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY

            Description: 
            What did it mean to be a man or woman in the post-Civil War United States? Was being a man the same as being a citizen? If African-American men were to be fully embraced as both men and citizens in the aftermath of slavery, where did that leave women, white and black? Why did a nation built on immigration become so hostile to certain groups of immigrants during this period? In this course, we consider how the meanings and experiences of womanhood, manhood, citizenship, and equality before the law changed from the period immediately after the Civil War until the present day. We look at political battles over the meaning of citizenship, the use of terror to subdue African Americans politically and economically, and the fears of white Americans that they would lose their political and economic dominance to immigrant groups they deemed irreconcilably different from themselves. We also consider the repercussions of these conflicts for medical, legal, and economic efforts to regulate the bodies of women, children, poor people, immigrants, working class laborers, military men, and African Americans. Throughout the course, we will follow the state's changing use of racial, sexual, and economic categories to assess the bodily and intellectual capacities of different groups of citizens.
            Instructors: 
            BROWN, KATHLEEN
            Day and Time: 
            MW 1200PM-0100PM
            Activity: 
            LEC
            Cross Listings: 
              Registration Notes: 
              SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US

              HIST367 - PHILADELPHIA 1700-2000

              Instructors: 
              HANSON, RICHARD
              Day and Time: 
              T 0600PM-0900PM
              Room: 
              WILLIAMS HALL 219
              Activity: 
              LEC
              Cross Listings: 
                • Major Concentrations: American
                • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US

                HIST231 - HIST BEHIND THE HEADLINES: COMTEMP US POLITICS&POLICY IN HIST PERSPECTIVE

                Description: 
                History Behind the Headlines offers students the opportunity to explore the historical roots and development of current, pressing questions of U.S. politics and public policy. Drawing upon historical methodologies and scholarship as well recent work in political science and sociology, this reading seminar offers deep context for understanding some of the most important contemporary issues in American public life. Topics will likely include political polarization, the incarceration crisis, immigration, lobbying (that is, the role of money in democracy), and, perhaps, impeachment. In addition to a number of short response and op-ed style writing assignments, students will write and present a final project on a contemporary political or policy issue of their choosing. These final projects might take a variety of forms, including traditional historical research essays, policy white papers, long form investigative journalism, or projects using digital media.
                Instructors: 
                CEBUL, RANDALL
                Day and Time: 
                R 0130PM-0430PM
                Activity: 
                SEM
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                  HIST231 - ASYLUM FOR MANKIND: U.S.REFUGEE HISTORY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

                  Description: 
                  This course examines the history of refugee resettlement in the United States. In 1776, before the United States was an independent nation, political thinker Thomas Paine heralded the country as an “asylum for mankind,” a place where any individual might find refuge from oppression. More recently, the US has adopted a decidedly less welcoming view on whether refugees and asylum seekers should be able to enter the country. Students in this course will examine how and why the United States has struggled to live up to its national mythology as a safe haven on the world stage in the past and in the present. Readings will explore how concepts of refuge in law, politics, culture, and moral philosophy have changed over time and place, and how those concepts shape refugee policy today. Our aim will be to better understand the role of the United States in a global system of refugee regulation in which governments have historically welcomed, excluded, and created refugees. Examples of topics covered include: the ancient Greek concept of asulia, where refugees sought shelter in sacred temples across the Mediterranean world; the use of churches as sanctuaries in Europe during the Middle Ages; Indigenous nations in North America giving refuge to runaway slaves; the rise of an international regime for refugee resettlement after World War II; and today’s global sanctuary cities movement.
                  Instructors: 
                  TAPARATA, EVAN
                  Day and Time: 
                  TR 1200PM-0130PM
                  Activity: 
                  SEM
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                    HIST153 - THE TRANSFORMATION OF URBAN AMERICA

                    Description: 
                    The course traces the economic, social, and political history of American cities after World War II. It focuses on how the economic problems of the industrial city were compounded by the racial conflicts of the 1950s and 1960s and the fiscal crises of the 1970s. The last part of the course examines the forces that have led to the revitalization of cities in recent years.
                    Instructors: 
                    CEBUL, RANDALL
                    Day and Time: 
                    MW 0200PM-0330PM
                    Activity: 
                    LEC
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                      Registration Notes: 
                      CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US; SOCIETY SECTOR
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