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Fall 2016-2017
* HIS 295 (HA)   na, npdf

Making America: Technology and History in the United States

Emily Thompson

This course will introduce students to technology in U.S. history, from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century. Throughout, we will consider how people designed, made, and used technologies in order to accomplish work, to organize society, and to make sense of their world. Warfare and agriculture; transportation and communication networks; plantations and factories; media, money, and information systems; engineers and other kinds of technologists: all will be explored, examined, and analyzed in order to understand the role of technology in making the nation.

Sample reading list:
Malone, Patrick, The Skulking Way of War:
Cronon, William, Changes in the Land
James, Portia, The Real McCoy:
Taylor, Frederick Winslow, Scientific Management
Kidder, Tracy, The Soul of a New Machine
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx. 150 pages of reading per week. Two approx. 6-page essay assignments, based on course materials (no additional research required).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 10%
Final Exam - 15%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23583 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   62   Enrolled:18 Limit:25