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Spring 2017-2018
* 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
Turner, Fred, The Whole Earth Catalogue as Information Technology
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
43405 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:30
43406 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
43407 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15