Term: Fall 2018 - Full Term (08/27/2018 - 12/10/2018)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|2:10pm - 4:00pm
AMERICAN CULTURE & CAPITALISM
How did America become an economic giant? And how did the people who built and powered American capitalism make sense of what they were doing? This seminar will focus on the dynamic historical scholarship on the intersection of culture and capitalism in the U.S. and across its borders during the long nineteenth century. Weekly discussions will emphasize issues of guns, gold, goods, government, and much more! Readings will range from classic works of economic, business, and political history through the latest cultural, social, legal, and environmental history. In addition to several shorter assignments, students will write either a lengthy historiographical paper or a research paper on some area of the history of capitalism, broadly construed.