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HIST 280 Topics

Spring 2021

Hist 280-901 Choosing Sides in the American Revolution
TR 5:00-6:15                                                                             Dr. Troy Bickham

This course will explore the American Revolution through the various experiences of the wide range of participants in the American Revolution, including established colonists, Britons, African slaves, new European immigrants, European soldiers, and American Indians.  In particular, the course will consider the extent to which individuals had choices, how decisions were made and (often) reconsidered, and their consequences.

Hist 280-902 – The Slave’s World
TR 1:30-2:45                                                                             Dr. Albert Broussard

Slavery in the United States and the western world has widely been regarded as a profound moral problem and one that Americans are still coming to terms with today. This course will examine the institution of slavery from the slave’s point of view by reading original sources such as slave narratives and autobiographies that were written by enslaved American Americans over the course of two centuries. How enslaved people interpreted their enslavement will be the central focus of this course.

Hist 280-903 History of Space Exploration and Exploitation
TR 9:45-11:00                                                                           Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith

This course will explore the history of the American space program from the 1940s to the present from a variety of perspectives.  Our major concerns will be the cultural, economic, social, military, and political factors shaping – and shaped by – humanity’s first step to the stars.  We definitely will not ignore the scientific and technological accomplishments, but place them in context, including the paths not taken and the roles of national security.  A major goal will be to acquaint and equip you with the tools to do research.  The focus of this course will be your research paper.

Hist 280-904 Fugitive Federals: A Digital Humanities Investigation of Escaped Union Prisoners
TR 11:30-12:45                                                                          Dr. Lorien Foote

This course introduces students to the sources and methods of historians through student participation in an historical research project about the mass escape of 3000 Union prisoners of war during the Civil War.  Students will research and write four short biographies of escaped prisoners of war that will be published on the project website at the Center for Virtual History: federals.html .

Hist 280-905 Women in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. West
MWF 2:55-3:45                                                                         Dr. Verity McInnis

This seminar will study the experiences of women in the nineteenth-century U.S. West to examine relationships of gender, class, race, and ethnicity.  Many women challenged the traditional distribution, and accessed avenues, of power to construct a new social reality, identity and status.  Students will analyze secondary and primary source material to design and construct a short research paper.

Hist 280-906 Missing in Action in America’s 20th Century Wars
MWF 9:20-10:10                                                                      Dr. Erika Weidemann

There are 81,900 Americans still missing from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and recent conflicts like the 1991 Gulf War. Students will learn about the history and evolution of accounting for missing servicemembers from 20th century US conflicts. Students will not only learn how to conduct historical research and writing, but will have the opportunity to apply these skills to a related public history project.