HIST 269 - Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History
A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Spring 2019, HIST 269-01: Washington and Lee Traditions and Transformations in the 20th Century. (3). This discussion-based seminar focuses on significant mileposts in the history of W&L, focusing on racial desegregation and coeducation. It is reading- and writing-intensive. . (HU). DeLaney.
Winter 2019, HIST 269A-01: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age (3). This class focuses on two separate and simultaneous African-American movements of the 1920s: the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age. Both entailed black proficiency in the arts, and embodied, in 1920s parlance, "The New Negro Movement". It was the period of an African-American cultural revolution centered in Harlem. The movement occurred in other American cities and also in places outside the United States. The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age paralleled the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby. It was a period of excitement, hope, glamour, and self-determination. "Little wonder," writes historian Nathan Huggins, "Harlemites anticipated the flowering of Negro culture into a racial renaissance." (HU) DeLaney.
Fall 2018, HIST 269A-01: Uncovering W&L History (3). Not open to students who have credit for HIST 180 on the same topic. A seminar focusing primarily on Washington College history as it relates to slavery, and placing it within the larger context of local and state history. Student focus intensely on historical methodology and analysis through the use of primary and secondary research. (HU) DeLaney.
Fall 2018, HIST 269B-01: Indigenous Social Movements (3). An analysis of the role that indigenous peoples have played in the historical formation of nation-states in modern Latin America. First, we examine theoretical approaches to indigenous mobilization more broadly. We then analyze specific indigenous movements in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Peru. (HU) Gildner.
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