HIS 397K • Lit of US History Before 1865
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
This seminar is intended to serve as one historian's introduction to the historiography of early America. Seminars such as this one are useful on many levels and have a venerable history as a classical course in the practices of writing, reading, and criticism, and methodology. All of these practices are, by the very nature of our discipline, open to question. As such, the goal in this seminar is not textbook-like comprehensiveness in theme, scope, field, or chronology. Rather, I have chosen from a group of texts-some canonical and some quite new-that seem to me to offer potential for practical analysis and discussion in the terms set forth above. This is primarily a discussion course so active participation in discussion is essential to your success here and will be assumed. My role will be that of listener. I want to get a sense of how you think analytically and your ability to defend your position both in class and in brief (2 page) papers in response to the weekly readings. In the spirit of this student-driven enterprise, at least one student will be chosen to lead the discussion each week. A final historiographical essay of approximately seven to ten pages will be due on the last day of the semester.