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HIST 280 Topics

FALL 2022

HIST 280-900: Popular Performance in Early 20th Century America                                            Dr. Jessica Herzogenrath
TR 12:45-2:00

Over the course of the semester, we will explore the ways in which popular performance informed social and cultural experiences from 1890 through 1940. Historical study of popular performance allows us the opportunity to see the complex ways in which people have negotiated their identities – such as class, race, religion, political allegiance, ethnicity, and gender expression. Popular performance manifests in many ways, including athletics, dance, music, theater, and parades. Through analysis of primary and secondary source materials, we will examine how the patterns of performance show us both the stability of embodied traditions and the potential for change in the actions of “ordinary” people. Students will develop original research papers supported by primary and secondary materials.

HIST280-901: The War of 1812                                                                                                                  Dr. Troy Bickham
MW 5:45-7:00 pm

This seminar will explore the pivotal, but often overlooked, War of 1812.  Fought as a second revolution by Americans, a postcolonial war by the British, a war of independence against the U.S. by Canadians, and wars of resistance by Native Americans, the War of 1812’s outcomes were by no means certain.  The conflict highlights the fragility of the early U.S. republic, the limitations of central governments, and the power of public opinion.  Ultimately, the War of 1812 served as an umbrella for a host of conflicts (armed, political, and cultural) that together laid the foundation of U.S. dominance of North America and reshaped the future of its inhabitants. This is an intensive writing (W) course and students will develop original research papers.

HIST280-902: United States-Mexican Borderlands                                                                             Dr. Sonia Hernandez
TR 9:35-10:50

The topic of this course is the United States-Mexican Borderlands. Students will learn about the process of border-making, the emergence of the nation-state, identities, state-sanctioned and non-state sanctioned violence, the way in which gender, labor, race, ethnicity and space has been defined/used/negotiated and contested in the  borderlands, and other themes associated with the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. In many ways, the U.S.- Mexican borderlands exemplify how the nation-state can both be transgressed and upheld with complex  daily negotiations in-between. Emphasis will be given to the historiography and research methodologies of this topic; we will consider the role of history and historians and what historians do. Through an overview of this particular borderland students will learn about the major historical writings  of this topic. This course is designed to provide history majors and those interested in pursuing related  careers, a hands-on learning experience by focusing on developing and strengthening critical reading,  writing, and analytical skills essential to the discipline of history and other professions. This is an intensive writing (W) course and certain days will be reserved as ‘writing workshops’ in & outside of  class.

HIST 280-903: Beyoncé, Inc.                                                                                 Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott
MWF 9:10-10:00

The course uses the Beyoncé enterprise to explore the theoretical, historical, political, cultural, and economic frameworks of Black feminisms from the Atlantic period through the present. It broadens offerings in U.S., African American and African Diaspora, gender, and business history. The course is arranged thematically. The course materials include a mix of monographs, articles and blogs, social media, film and TV, music, literature and art, and material culture. This is an intensive writing (W) course and students will develop original research papers based on primary and secondary sources.

HIST280-904: Mexican American Generations in the 20th  Century                                     Dr. Armando Alonzo
MW 4:10-5:25

Mexican Americans consist of multi-generation citizens and recent immigrants from Mexico.  Since the war with Mexico, they have experienced considerable adaptation to U.S. society.  One approach to Mexican American history is to examine key periods of their social, economic, and political evolution. This course focuses on the 20th century, utilizing a paradigm that focuses on two cohorts of settlers, namely the immigrant generation (1900-1929), and the Mexican American (1930-1960s).  However, to gain a better understanding this course starts with a survey of the original settlers in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands from 1848 to 1900.  The main objective will be to understand and assess the key issues, goals, and strategies of leaders and organizations that make up these two generations. This is an intensive writing (W) course and students will develop original research papers.