AMST-204 American Civilization II: Beginnings of American Identity (1607-1876)
Spring for 2015-2016
American Civilization I and II offer an intensive interdisciplinary survey of the evolution of American society from European colony to world power with special focus on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the American experience. These courses also provides an introduction to American Studies methodology. They are designed for students who intend to major in American Studies.
As a continuation of American Civilization I, American Civilization II will focus on select aspects of the American mind and life in the 19th century. Where Civ I focused on identity through an exploration of origins, nature, ideals, and contradictions, Civ II will focus on memory through an exploration of ideas about God and Nature, insider and outsider identities, and new frontiers. In Civ I we studied travel stories, ecological evidence, and legal documents to narrate our way through the 17th and 18th centuries. In Civ II we will let literature, art, and war guide us. In Civ I we focused on north-south, old-new, civil-savage dichotomies. In Civ II we will go west to discover all sorts of difference and faction.
[Students must get Instructor Permission to take this course.]
Pre-requisite: AMST 203 or Instructor Permission
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