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Summer 2014 (Maymester & 7-Week Term)

Maymester Courses (May 12th - June 2nd)

1111 (Survey of World History to 1500): M-F 11:00-1:20 (Gainty)
1112 (Survey of World History since 1500): M-F 8:00-10:20 (Ali)
1112 (Survey of World History since 1500): M-F 1:45-4:05 (Way)
2110 (Survey of US History): M-F 8:00-10:20 (Steffen)
2110 (Survey of US History):  M-F 11:00-1:20 (Baker)
2110 (Survey of US History):  M-F 1:45-4:05 (Trask)

4490 (Special Topics: 20th Century US Popular Culture): M-F 11:00-1:20 (Trask)

This course examines American popular culture in the twentieth century. Rather than distinguishing between “highbrow” and “lowbrow” culture, we look at American cultural production from multiple perspectives: film, novels, journalism, photography, paintings, sculpture, comic books, television and advertising. We examine the ways in which such cultural production have provided both reflections of changes in American political and social life, and the ways they have simultaneously influenced those histories. We will look at the variable ways Americans have revisited recurrent themes in American culture like rural/urban divides and ideas about nature and civilization; narratives of captivity and rugged individualism in the American West; slavery, the Lost Cause and civil rights; private property and the American Dream; and tensions between radical and conservative visions of the nation and its people.

4490 (Special Topics: Civil Rights in America): M-F 11:00-1:20 (Eskew)

Fifty years ago nonviolent protests designed to end racial discrimination racked the nation as demands for civil rights filled the streets and legislative halls.  This Special Topics History Course on the Civil Rights Movement in America will provide students with an overview of the struggle for race reform.  It will engage the subject of the “long civil rights movement” by analyzing the sweep of the 20th Century.  It will concentrate attention on the modern period between the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.  A primary text will be Howell Raines’ seminal collection of oral interviews, My Soul Is Rested, as well as the documentary series Eyes On The Prize.  The class will engage historic sites in Atlanta related to the movement.

4890 (Special Topics: China to 1840): M-F 4:30-6:50 (Reynolds)        


7-Week Term (June 9th - July 28th)

1111 (Survey of World History to 1500):

  • MW 8:00-10:30
  • TR 10:55-1:25
  • TR 4:45-7:15

1112 (Survey of World History since 1500):

  • MW 1:50-4:20
  • TR 8:00-10:30
  • TR 1:50-4:20

1140 (Intro to African-American History):

  • MW 10:55-1:25

2110 (Survey of US History):

  • MW 8:00-10:30
  • MW 10:55-1:25
  • MW 1:50-4:20
  • MW 4:45-7:15
  • TR 8:00-10:30
  • TR 10:55-1:25
  • TR 1:50-4:20

3000 (Intro to Historical Methods-CTW): TR 12:00-3:25 (Matthews)

3220 (20th C US History): TR 12:00-3:25

4300 (US South): TR 8:00-11:25 (Matthews)
This course will explore the history of the American South from the development of Mississippian Indian cultures to the present day. We will pay particular attention to how an identifiable region know as "The South" was created by slavery and sustained by national and international political and economic forces. We will also examine how new conceptions of Southern regional identity were created after the Civil War and emancipation, a process that continues into the 21st century. In this course we will also question the idea of "The South" and investigate how it is in many ways a cultural construction. To that end, we will examine travel accounts, literature, music, art, photography and film about the region and ask how these forms of cultural expression created ideas and images of "The South." We will also question the existence of a single neatly bounded region know as "The South" and, instead, emphasize the existence of many different "Souths."

4310 (Georgia History): TR 12:00-3:25 (Young)

4350 (Film & History): MW 12:00-3:25 (Diamond)
Takes a look at the "real" aspects of the west -- women (including Annie Oakley), African Americans (including Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick), Native Americans (including Chief Joseph), Wagon Trains, Mountain Men and cowboys vs. the "reel" portrayal of these since 1903's "The Great Train Robbery". Besides lecture and discussion there will be plenty of ridin', ropin' and horses. Films include, among others, William S. Hart's 1916 "Hell's Hinges", and John Ford's outstanding "Sergeant Rutledge" detailing the life of Buffalo Soldiers on the western frontier. We'll also take a look at some "reel" cowboys - i.e.,  Tom Mix, and Tony, Roy Rogers and Trigger, and Gene Autry and Champion.

4490 (Special Topics US History/Vietnam War): TR 8:00-11:35 (Southard)
This course intertwines American and Vietnamese history to highlight key global themes regarding the Vietnam War.  Students analyze and evaluate U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the context of the larger Cold War, dissecting the roles of the Soviet Union, China, Laos, and Cambodia, as well as to come to terms with how the conflict influenced the postwar policies and actions of the aforementioned nations.  The course will also scrutinize how historians have interpreted one of the most controversial events in U.S. history. 

4490 (Special Topics US History/Radicalism): TR 12:00-3:25 (Bowman)
This course will focus on the radical tradition in the United States from the American Revolution to the present. We will examine a variety of influential radical individuals, groups, and larger movements, all of which sought to fundamentally change the status quo in the United States. The course will include discussions of political radicalism, labor radicalism, black radicalism, feminist radicalism, and socialist radicalism among others. We will analyze the ways that groups as disparate as the Black Panther Party of the 1960s and utopian socialists of the 1840s emerged from a dynamic American radical heritage.

4690 (Special Topics European History/British Monarchs): MW 8:00-11:25 (McBath)
This course will cover the history of the British Monarchy from Queen Victoria (r. 1836-1901) to that of the present Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II (r. 1952-present). The lives of the monarchs, their relatives, and their relations with other world leaders with regard to the larger context of the relevancy of the institution of monarchy to the modern world.  Assigned readings will be accompanied by lectures illustrated with slides and film clips highlighting each reign.

4690 (Special Topics European History/Medieval Europe): MW 12:00-3:25 (Robison)

4815 (US & Palestine): TR 4:30-7:55 (Blumi)

4990 (Historical Research-CTW): TR 1:50-4:20 (McMillian)

AJCP553-026b, Atlanta Journal Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.