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Academic Year 2005/2006
Topics in United States Intellectual History
HIST 235 SP
This course may be repeated for credit.
The Progressive era of American history (1890-1920) marked a profound watershed in American thought, as formalistic styles of reasoning gave way to "pragmatic" and "scientific" modes of thought. Underlying this
watershed were new concerns about "progress"--what social advance meant in America's rising multiethnic, industrial society. This course explores Progressive-era thinking about the problem of "progress" across the
spectrum. The course will look not only at the ideas of "great thinkers" in mainline academic and philosophical traditions, but also at the intellectual outlook of diverse Americans like religious figures, business
socialists, African-Americans, feminists, Native Americans, and immigrants. The course hypothesizes that different groups formulated varying conceptions of "progress" during the Progressive era, and indeed, that
was a contested idea up for grabs. By exploring competing notions of "progress" and how the contest over its meaning played out, the course will cultivate a fuller appreciation of Progressive-era thought and its
Louis Menand, THE METAPHYSICAL CLUB (2001)
Thomas Woods, CHURCH CONFRONTS MODERNITY: CATHOLIC INTELLECTUALS (2004)
Jane Addams, TWENTY YEARS AT HULL HOUSE (1910)
Frederick Winslow Taylor, PRINCIPLES OF
SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT (1911)
PROGRESSIVE INTELLECTUALS (1997)
Upton Sinclair, THE JUNGLE (1906)
Michele Mitchell, RIGHTEOUS PROPAGATION: AFRICAN AMERICAN DESTINY (2004)
Lucy Maddox, CITIZEN INDIANS: NATIVE AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS
Gail Bederman, MANLINESS AND
Jonathan Hansen, LOST PROMISE OF PATRIOTISM: DEBATING IDENTITY (2003)
Selected documents exemplifying Progressive thinking.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Two papers (5-7 pages each), one in-class midterm exam, out-of-class final exam project (10-12 pages), class participation.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This course may be repeated for credit a second time so long as the selected topic for the semester is different each time.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Rogers,Donald W.
- Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: FISK302;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 30)
- SR. major: 5 Jr. major: 10
- SR. non-major: 5 Jr. non-major: 5 SO: 5 FR: 0
- Curricular Renewal: Ethical Reasoning
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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