HIST 3472 American Dreams and Realities
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as HIST 46.
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4 hours; 4 credits
Interdisciplinary exploration of the dreams, myths, realities, and illusions of inclusion that have guided the American experience. Background and historical amnesia about indigenous displacements, settler colonialism, the after-lives of Atlantic world slavery, and the nation?s founding ideals, documents, and class-based distinctions; capitalism, war, empire, and the realities of immigrant America; historical exclusions and the struggle for racial, ethnic, and gender inclusions in the economic, political, social, and cultural life of the United States; capitalist competition, white privilege, the myths of meritocracy and the "self-made" American, and the realities of the working poor; psychological consequences of "failing" in American society; status consciousness/anxiety and the overworked, over-extended, and sleep-deprived American. Students will complete a semester-long, collaborative research project focused on the everyday lives of ordinary Americans via archives both digital and physical, field work involving sites of history making and memory, and/or the creation of oral history collections. This course is the same as American Studies 3108.
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