HSTS 4330: The Civil War at 150: Memory, Commemorations, & Mythologies
MWF 12:20-1:10 pm
Dr. Jaime Martinez
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the many ways Americans have remembered and interpreted the Civil War over the last 150 years, as well as the opportunity to explore more deeply one selected element of Civil War memory. Through a series of discussions, research assignments, readings, and occasionally lectures, we will explore the development of Civil War memory both over time and across a wide variety of genres and sites of commemoration. This class is structured as a research-intensive seminar, which means that student contributionsóboth your comments on assigned texts and materials and the items you will locate independently and share with the classóform the backbone of our daily interactions. Be prepared to play an active role!
This course will take place in a hybrid format: in most weeks, one of our three class meetings will happen via Blackboard rather than in a physical classroom. We will hold synchronous discussions on some days; on others, you will post video presentations or written summaries of your research activities by a mandated time, and discussions and comments will take place in an asynchronous fashion (usually within a 48-hour window). The course will also include a day-long trip on Friday, February 28 to view Civil War commemoration in action and speak with public history professionals (most likely, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site and the Fayetteville Arsenal site).
After a series of units in which we survey different commemorative activities over time, each student will select a single example of Civil War commemoration or interpretation to research more deeply, situating the subject in its proper historical and historiographic contexts. Students will give a 2-minute presentation about their selected topics on April 11, create a longer video presentation due April 25, and submit a final paper of 3000 words (10-12 pages) by May 7.
HSTS 4210: Religion in America
W 5:00-8:00 PM
Dr. Scott Billingsley
This course is a chronological survey of the role of religion in American life from colonial times to the present. It will explore the theological, social, economic, and political aspects of American society. It will also provide students with an understanding of the basic facts and concepts of American religious history through the assigned readings, lectures, class discussion, and multi-media presentations. In-class exams will measure understanding of the aforementioned facts and concepts, and out-of-class writing assignments will help students develop critical-thinking skills.
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