History 489 (Hi 89) History of American Citizenship

Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Description of the Course: A readings seminar in history is designed to provide students with an introduction to a particular historical topic in all its complexity. This course will explore what is has meant over time to be an American citizen. What rights have citizens had in a given time? What responsibilities have they had? Who has been considered a citizen over time? What historical events helped to change the meaning of citizenship? How does American citizenship compare to citizenship in other countries? The course focuses on key turning points when Americans debated the ideal meaning and very real implications of citizenship.

The readings seminar is also an opportunity for undergraduate history majors to explore what it means to be a historian. While students will not do original research, they will examine how historians write history, how they make arguments, how they use primary sources, and how they engage other historians in debate (historiography). Students will participate actively and regularly in discussion, read independently and make oral presentations to the class, and write papers analyzing the reading and making their own arguments about citizenship.

This course is taught by: Professor Beth Salerno

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