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.
Winter 2018, HIST 269A-01: The New South (3). Henry Grady coined the phrase "The New South" in a 1886 New York City speech. The New South meant free labor industry based on successful Northern economic practices, leaving behind the slave-based agrarian Old South. However, the era of the New South instead witnessed the rise of sharecropping, tenant farming, and convict labor; reimagined Southern cities as sites of historical memory, partially accurate, often mythological, all designed to attract Northern tourism and investment; systemic violence enacted against African-Americans as the South rejected racial equality; and a region-wide re-envisioning of the Old South and the Confederacy now known as Lost Cause ideology. (HU) Richier.
Winter 2018, HIST 269B-01: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Civil War (3). This course centers around issues of women, gender, family, heterosexuality, homosexuality, and transgendered peoples during a time period traditionally imagined as a sexless military endeavor. Going beyond female nurses in the Civil War, the course addresses prostitution, venereal disease, sexual violence, Bread Riots, infant mortality, masculinity models, interracial relations, enslaved families, and LGBTQ issues. (HU) Richier.
Winter 2018, HIST 269C: 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.
Spring 2018, HIST 269-01: Death in 19th-Century United States (3). A study of the death and dying during the 19th century in the United States. Topics include Presidential deaths, massacres of Native Americans, African-American cemeteries, Edgar Allen Poe, the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic, the murder of New York City prostitutes, and the American Civil War. Includes investigation of gravestones, memorials, and family plots at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia, and Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. (HU) Richier.
Spring 2018, HIST 269-02: Winning World War II: U.S. and Allied Grand Strategies, 1940-1945 (3). Prerequisite: Initial registration open to sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Open to first-years with instructor consent. The United States fought World War II as part of a coalition, one of the most successful wartime coalitions in history. This seminar explores how and why it did so, and why the Allied effort was so successful. Emphasis is placed on U.S. strategic planning, its relationship to U.S. foreign policies, the ensuing conflicts between U.S. strategies and policies and those desired by its British and Soviet allies, and the ways in which these conflicts were resolved by Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin. Students also focus on civil-military relations and Allied diplomacy during the war, as well as how and why the alliance collapsed after victory had been achieved. Readings include key primary and secondary sources. (HU) Stoler.
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