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    Dickens in America | Freshman Seminar 64h

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    What happened when Britain’s most celebrated novelist visited the world’s most celebrated experiment in democracy? This course will reconstruct Charles Dickens’ travels through the United States in 1842. We’ll read his travel narrative, the novel he wrote about the United States, and critical responses. We’ll visit some of the place he visited.  And we’ll produce our own responses to Dickens’s work, including in the twenty-first century’s favorite serial form: the podcast.

    Dissertations

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Allison, Christopher. “Protestant Relics: The Sacred Body in Early America.” American Studies. 2017.

    Bell, Richard. "Do Not Despair: The Cultural Significance of Suicide in America, 1780-1840," History. 2006.

    Carter, Sarah.  "Object Lessons in American Culture," History of American Civilization. 2010.

    Cevasco, Carla. “Feast, Fast, and Flesh: Hunger and Violence in New England, 1688-1748," American Studies. 2017.

    Chiriguayo, William. "The Almighty Dollar: American Currency in the Age of Empire." History. In progress.

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    Early American History | History 2600

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    This graduate seminar explores the historiography of early America.  Readings proceed chronologically, from 1492 to 1800.  But since what constitutes “early America” is in dispute, we begin with that debate. While the emphasis in this course is on historiographical development over the course of the twentieth century, rather than on the most dazzling work of the past few years, certain recent trends emerge on this syllabus:  the interest on global or at least transatlantic approaches and the rise of both cultural history and what some scholars call the “new political history...

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    Freshman Seminar 62G | The Rise and Fall of the Machine

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    This freshman seminar investigates the history of six modern machines—the train, the camera, the radio, the mainframe computer, the personal computer, and the Internet—to trace shifting ideas about the relationship between technology and progress. Machines like these do a lot of things: they document the world; they advance scientific research; they make goods cheaper; they accelerate transportation and communication; they produce knowledge and diffuse information. Do they make the world a better place? Boosters and critics have debated this question since the Enlightenment. This hands-...

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    Gen Ed 1002 | The Democracy Project

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    The United States is founded on the idea of equality but equality has always been elusive and has only ever been achieved through struggle, argument, and action. This course examines American history--especially the history of race, immigration, and constitutional justice--through historical analysis, democratic deliberation, and public-minded projects...

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    Harvard Law School | Reading Group | The Second Amendment

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019
    Reading and discussion of the origins of the Second Amendment and its course through the courts as well as in party politics and in American culture more broadly. Course material will consist of both primary documents, dating back to the seventeenth century, and of legal and historical scholarship, including not only on the Second Amendment itself but on the history of guns, gun ownership, gun rights, and mass shootings.

    Historical Methods | History 97i | What is Biography?

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    History 97 is a team-taught introduction to the discipline of history. It is required for all sophomore History concentrators. Six different seminars are offered. In each, over the course of the term, you will explore the historian’s craft by studying and practicing a particular method. In my seminar, we will consider the methods used by biographers. Biographers write histories of lives. Their storytelling is often novelistic but their standards of evidence are those of the historian. They confront distinctive questions: What lives are worth writing? What is the relationship between the...

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    Historical Writing | History 2616

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    An intensive writing workshop for history graduate students across field groups.  Readings consist of essays on historical writing and samples of particularly effective prose.  The purpose of the readings is to help you think about how and maybe even why you want to write about the past.  The work of the course consists of weekly writing assignments that we will together critique in class, paying special attention not only to standards of evidence and modes of argument but also to plot, character, and storytelling.  

    HLS 3173 / History 2473 The Constitution in American History

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This seminar, jointly taught by Professors Jill Lepore and Kenneth Mack, will examine the political and legal history of the U.S. Constitution with an eye toward considering how ordinary people have fought to participate in the acts of constitutional amendment and interpretation. Readings will focus on constitutional conventions, alternative constitutions, constitutional amendments, U.S. Supreme Court cases, and the constitutional objectives of political movements across history and across the political spectrum.

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