How has America been imagined as both an idea and a problem? We will examine this question in three historical contexts—the years just before and after the Civil War; the Progressive Era; and the Cold War period—and we will read a range of literary texts (e.g. Moby-Dick, The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man) and historical documents (e.g. Lincoln’s speeches, documentary photographs). Designed for the Sophomore Tutorial in History and Literature, this course is not a comprehensive survey, but rather an introduction to the America Field that provides a foundation in the multidisciplinary methods of the History and Literature program. Co-Taught with Professor McCarthy.