This is a first year unit that examines the United States in the years in which Americans felt their society, culture, politics, and individual and national identities were taking new, ‘modern,’ forms. It explores three themes: What should government do?/What does government do?; Being different and being American; and the United States in the world.
The weekly tutorials focus on different kinds of primary sources, and are intended to introduce you to the variety of texts from which historians derive evidence, and to the strengths and weaknesses, and different perspectives, of particular kinds of sources. The assessment is a short analysis of a single primary sources; an essay answering one of a list of 30 questions, with associated readings, with an outline of the essay submitted for feedback, a group tutorial presentation and a two hour exam