The American People: A Social History (Az amerikai társadalom története) in autumn 2014
Frank Tibor, Thu 09:30–11:00, R356, host: DAS (R306)
4-credit lecture, 30 h/term
description & set texts
M.A. seminar, 2 hrs/wk, 4 credits. ––––––––––––––––––––– This is a seminar surveying the sources of U.S. social history from the beginnings through the late 20th century. Texts include important historical documents, public and private, such as the U. S. Constitution, speeches, letters, messages, and memoirs of major American public figures, documents of American politics, business, society, culture, education, the media and the arts. The emphasis is on textual and contextual analysis, source criticism, and social historical interpretation. Students are encouraged to do the selection of the text on their own and show how those may contribute to the understanding of a particular social historical problem, a period, an issue. Seminar Topics: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, George Washington's Farewell Address, Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, The Monroe Doctrine, John C. Calhoun on the Slavery Question, Dred Scott vs. Sanford, Chief Justice, The Emancipation Proclamation, "Wealth," by Andrew Carnegie, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," by F. J. Turner, Booker T. Washington, Exposition Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address, William Faulkner, Acceptance Speech for Nobel Prize, Brown vs. Board of Education, Earl Warren, John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream" Speech, "Television and Politics" Speech by Edward R. Murrow, Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, 1999. Recommended Texts: Bődy Pál és Urbán Aladár, szerk. Szöveggyűjtemény az Amerikai Egyesült Államok történetéhez 1620-1980. Budapest-Pécs: Dialóg Campus, 2001. Commager, Henry Steele, ed. Documents of American History. Vols. 1-2. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1973. Hefner, Richard D., ed. A Documentary History of the United States. 6th ed., New York: Mentor, 1999. Inge, M. Thomas, ed. A Nineteenth-Century American Reader. Washington, D.C.: USIA, 1988. Lemay, J. A. Leo, ed. An Early American Reader. Washington, D.C.: USIA, 1988. Urofsky, Melvin I., ed. Basic Readings in U. S. Democracy. Washington, D.C.: USIA, 1994. Van Deusen, Glyndon G. – Kenneth T. Jackson, eds. Readings on American History. Vols. 1-2. New York: Collier–Macmillan, 1968.
requirements & assessment
Requirements: Mandatory attendance and active participation, oral presentation, research paper of 15,000 characters. Grading: Presentation 25%, paper 50%, attendance and participation in class 25%.