History 206 is available to all-remote learners. Students on campus will also participate in field trips to the city of Easton to view monuments and statues, and to the Easton Cemetery to look at memorial stonework (tombs). We will have a few outdoor group meetings to discuss the materials. Remote learners will be included in these activities with the use of cameras, microphones, and other remote learning tools.
This course trains students in the skills, methods, philosophies, and practices of the discipline of history. Students learn how the practice of history has changed over time, the problems and potential of historical evidence, and the role history plays in forming structures of individual and collective awareness. Students will become familiar with the various subdisciplines of history. Emphasis is placed on the institutional structures and disciplinary practices that characterize and distinguish academic, public and popular history. Strong emphasis is placed on learning key research and analytical skills. Potential history majors should take this course in their sophomore year.
To get started, please read the novel White Tears by Hari Kunzru over the summer. Here are the required books for History 206:
1. War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences
by Mary L. Dudziak
2. Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music Paperback
by David Brackett (Author)
3. White Tears: A novel
by Hari Kunzru (author)
4. The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past
by John Lewis Gaddis
5. Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”
by Zora Neale Hurston (Author), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction), Alice Walker (Foreword)