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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 388 / URB 388 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Unrest and Renewal in Urban America

Alison E. Isenberg

For centuries cities have embodied U.S. hopes and fears, symbolizing ideals of democratic melting pots and cultural innovation, as well as urban "problems" and crisis. Urban life distilled extremes like rich and poor; parks and skyscrapers; philanthropy and greed; racial and ethnic divides; violence and hope; center and suburb. By producing contrasts and conflicts, cities brokered transformation, rebellion and renewal. Course covers social life, politics, economy, revolutionary ideologies, culture, race, gender, and the built environment--from the colonial era to the present.

Sample reading list:
Lepore, New York Burning
Deutsch, Women and the City
Taft, From Steel to Slots
Conley, Honky
Avila, The Folklore of the Freeway
Katz, Why Don't American Cities Burn?
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 250 pages of reading per week; two five-page research papers; brief writing assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option is not available to History concentrators..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20617 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:7 Limit:25
23924 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:1 Limit:5
23925 P02 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:5
22771 P99 TBA        Enrolled:6 Limit:99