READINGS IN U.S. HISTORY: 1820 to 1898
TH 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
History 506 offers an extensive and advanced introduction to the historiography of the nineteenth century from the Panic of 1819 and the Missouri Crisis through the 1890s. It is intended to prepare graduate students for examinations in the field and to serve as a foundation of knowledge for those who will teach and research in the period. Principal themes addressed are: the development of American capitalism and its relations with free and slave labor, the democratization of American society, culture, and politics, the conflict to control the North American Continent, the rise of sectional conflict and violence, and the remaking of economic, racial, gender, social, political, and cultural relations as the United States emerged as an industrial and nascent world power.
RESEARCH IN U.S. HISTORY: 1898 to 1945
M 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This is a research seminar in US History, 1898–1945. It follows from the Fall 2023 readings seminar in US History, 1898–1945. Students will write an original research paper on a topic of their choosing in consultation with the professor.
TOPICS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
T 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This seminar will deepen students’ understanding of the history, preservation, and interpretation of cultural landscapes. Defined by the Cultural Landscape Foundation as “landscapes that have been affected, influenced, or shaped by human involvement,” cultural landscapes include historic sites, designed or vernacular landscapes, and ethnographic landscapes. They include places such as parks, cemeteries, battlefields, estates, campuses, industrial sites, cityscapes and townscapes, and more. For purposes of skill-building, in this seminar we will develop proposals and projects related to Camden’s Johnson Park, and we will collaborate with the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center. An additional professional development aspect of the seminar will be the opportunity to develop an online presence for future public history practice including a defined professional identity and digital showcase of projects.
READINGS IN GLOBAL HISTORY: EMPIRE AND DECOLONIZATION
W 2:05 pm – 4:55 pm
This readings course introduces graduate students to the study of modern empires and decolonization. Empires have played an important part in the grand sweep of human history, but they have been particularly important in shaping the modern world. We will examine how different empires emerged, competed, governed, dissolved, and often enough, lived on in other forms, from the early modern period to the present day. We will also think about what it was like to live in empires – in both metropoles and colonies – and how different kinds of people experienced empire differently. We will focus particularly on the rise and fall of European empires in the Americas, Africa and Asia, but we will also consider the imperial projects of the United States, Russia, and Japan. The last third of the course will focus on challenges to colonial rule and Euro-American hegemony and the emergence of new political solidarities, economic arrangements, and cultural forms from the twilight of empire to the present day.
READINGS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: 1877 TO THE PRESENT
W 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
This course provides an overview of the primary themes and issues in African American history since 1877. Spanning from the end of Reconstruction to the present, the course explores the development of race and labor relations in the New South; the history of Black intellectuals and public leaders; the Harlem Renaissance and “New Negro” movement; twentieth-century Black migration and urbanization; the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; and the rise of mass incarceration.
RESEARCH IN EARLY MODERN WORLD
T 2:00 pm – 4:50 pm
This course is an intensive research seminar for graduate students focusing on the early modern world, including Europe, North America, and premodern global connections. Students must have completed at least one of the following courses: Readings in Early Modern Europe, Readings in Global History I, England in the Age of Shakespeare (graduate student version), Readings in Colonial North America, or Readings in Revolutionary Era North America in order to enroll in this course.