"An American town, large enough to contain a fairly complete representation of the different classes and types of people yet not so large that individualities are submerged in the general mass, or the line between the
blurred and made indistinct, is the real epitome of American life. If a modern writer wishes to win an imperishable name as a historian, he has only to write an exhaustive monograph of such a town," the socialist
Randolph Bourne declared in 1913.
Middletown, Connecticut is exactly that sort of town, and has been throughout its 350-year-long history. Yet, along several brief histories of Middletown has been written, there is no in-depth account. In this seminar we all, collectively, help create such a history.
Rather than works by others, as in the case in most courses, each student will work like a historian. Developing a specific topic, working in archives, discuss their findings with each other, writing a draft essay, read and discuss each other's drafts, and then revise and submit the final project. In the process you will not only contribute to a greater understanding of Middletown's history but develop your research ability and confidence as a writer.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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