HISTORY 812

RESEARCH SEMINAR IN MODERN UNITED STATES HISTORY:

TWENTIETH-CENTURY MASS POLITICS

                                                              Syllabus, Fall 2002                                                             

Time: Wednesdays 3:00-5:50, 314 Morrill Hall

Instructor: Mark Kornbluh

Office: 406D Morrill Office Hours: W2-3 and by appt. Call 355-9300 (310 Auditorium)

This course is a graduate research seminar in modern United States political history.  The focus will be on collective action and mass politics.  Our readings will encompass a wide range of approaches and span the course of the twentieth century. We will look at how, when, and why Americans have acted together politically and in what ways this has changed over the last hundred years.  Seminar discussions will center on how historians have explained political behavior.

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REQUIRED BOOKS:

Lawrence Goodwyn, The Populist Moment.

William Tuttle, Race Riot.

Joseph Gusfield, Symbolic Crusade.

Alan Brinkley, Voices of Protest.

Christopher Tomlins, The State and the Unions.

George Lipsitz, Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition.

William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights.

Todd Gitlin, The Sixties.

Faye D. Ginsburg, Contested Lives.

Kristen Luker, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood.

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August 28: Introduction

September 4: Charles Tilly, Readings from From Mobilization to Revolution (photocopies). Lawrence Goodwyn, The Populist Moment.                  

September 11: No Class. Work on Research Proposal

September 18: No Class Work on Research Proposal

PAPER PROPOSAL IS DUE SEPTEMBER 20.

September 25: Packet of Readings on Electoral Politics (TBA: photocopies).

October 2: William Tuttle, Race Riot, Joseph Gusfield, Symbolic Crusade

October 9: Alan Brinkley, Voices of Protest.

BIBLIOGRAPHY IS DUE


October 16:  Christopher Tomlins, The State and the Unions. (Additional Readings TBA)

DETAILED PAPER OUTLINE IS DUE

October 23: George Lipsitz, Ivory Perry and the Culture of  Opposition; William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights.

October 30: Todd Gitlin, The Sixties.

November 6: No meeting (Research Week)

November 13: Faye D. Ginsburg, Contested Lives and Kristen Luker, Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood.

November 20: TBA

November 27: No Meeting (Research Week)

December 4: Paper Presentations.

Paper due December 16.

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HISTORY 812 COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

This class is a readings, discussion, and research seminar.  Both attendance and participation at seminar meetings are essential, as is participation on HST812, the electronic discussion list for this course. Discussions will center around the readings.  Class participation will count for 25 percent of the course grade.  

The major written requirement for this class is an independent research paper which will count for 75 percent of the course grade.  Paper proposals are due on September 12.  Proposals must be approved and may have to be modified to ensure that each student is undertaking a meaningful project that can be completed within one semester.  A bibliographic report following a proscribed form is due on September 26 and a detailed paper outline is due on October 10.  Each student will present their project orally to the seminar during the final weeks of the semester.  The final paper is due on December 15.

HST812 DISCUSSION LIST:

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