Date Section Class Topic Reading Due Things Due
23-Jan I – Introduction 1.1 Introduction to the Course
25-Jan 1.2 What do Historians do? McDaniel. "How to Read for History,"[T]

Rampolla. Part I, 

Robert Darnton. "Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin" [T]

*Read McDaniel and Rampolla first, and then use them to read Darnton
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30-Jan 2.1 What was the Gilded Age? Charles Calhoun. "Moving Beyond Stereotypes of the Gilded Age" in OAH Magazine of History 13, no. 4 (1999): 3-4,

Rampolla. Part 2, 3a, 3b
1-Feb II- Historiography 2.2 America in the 19th Century William Cronon. Nature's Metropolis. Prologue and Chapter I [T]
3-Feb PA #1: Library Scavenger Hunt
6-Feb 3.1 Setting the scene for Fire Cronon. Nature's Metropolis. Chapter 2 [T]
8-Feb 3.2 What is Historiography Anyway? Jeremy Popkin. From Herodotus to H-Net. Preface and chapter 1. [T]

Rampolla. Parts 3a and 3b
13-Feb 4.1 Setting Fire Richard F. Bales. "Did the Cow Do It? A New Look at the Cause of the Great Chicago Fire." Illinois Historical Journal 90, no. 1 (1997): 2-24
15-Feb 4.2 Fire Responses Smith. "Faith and Doubt: The Imaginative Dimensions of the Great Chicago Fire" in American Disasters
17-Feb PA #2: Historiographical summary
20-Feb 5.1 PRESIDENT'S DAY- NO CLASS
22-Feb III- Primary Sources 5.2 Johnstown Flood Emily Godbey. "Disaster Tourism and the Melodrama of Authenticity: Revisiting the 1889 Johnstown Flood" Pennsylvania History 73, no. 3 (summer 2006): 273-315
27-Feb 6.1 Early 20th Century Meteorology Isaac's Storm. Prologue, chapters 1-2
1-Mar 6.2 The Hurricane Isaac's Storm. Chapters 3-4
3-Mar PA #3: Primary Source Context Identification
6-Mar 7.1 Living Through the Storm Isaac's Storm. Chapters 5-6, note on sources
8-Mar 7.2 Authorial Intent Rampolla. Parts 6 and 7

Craig Offman. "A Tempest Around Isaac's Storm" in Salon (1999)
13-Mar 8.1 Storm Recovery Patricia Bellis Bixel. "'It Must Be Made Safe': Galveston, Texas and the 1900 Story" in American Disasters
15-Mar 8.2 NO CLASS- Individual Meetings Critical reflection blog post due by MIDNIGHT on March 14(everyone posts- counts towards your overall number of posts)
17-Mar PA #4- Primary source essay
20-Mar IV – Historical Theory 9.1 Theorizing Class "The Communist Manifesto" [T]

George R. Boyer. "The Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto" Journal of Economic Perspectives 12, no. 4 (Fall 1998) 151-174
22-Mar 9.2 Quake and Capitalism Kevin Rozario. "What Comes Down Must Go Up" in American Disasters

Ted Steinberg. "Smoke and Mirrors: The San Francisco Earthquake and Seismic Denial" in American Disasters
24-Mar PA #5- Final Project topic identification
27-Mar NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
29-Mar NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
3-Apr 10.1 Theorizing Race Coates, Ta-Nehisi "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic [T]

Roediger, D. R. "Whiteness and Race" In R. Bayor (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity New York: Oxford University Press (2016) [T]
5-Apr 10.2 Social History and the Titanic Steven Biel. "Unknown and Unsing: Feminist, African American and Radical Responses to the Titanic Disaster" in American Disasters
7-Apr PA #6- Secondary source identification
10-Apr 11.1 Theorizing Gender Scott, Joan W. Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis." The American Historical Review 91 no. 5 (1986): 1053-075"
12-Apr 11.2 Gender and the Great Depression Wendy Kozol, “Madonnas of the Fields: Photography, Gender, and 1930s Farm Relief,” Genders, July 1, 1988, 1–23 [T]
14-Apr PA #7- Historiographical summary of sources
17-Apr 12.1 New Historical Technologies Cameron Blevins. "Digital History's Perpetual Future Tense" in Debates in the Digital Humanities [T]
19-Apr 12.2 Digital Dust Bowl Clayton R. Koppes. "Dusty Volumes: Environmental Disaster and Economic Collapse in the 1930s." Reviews in American History 8, no. 4 (December 1980)

"Scaling the Dust Bowl" in Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data and GIS are Changing Historical Scholarship [T]
21-Apr PA #8- Historiography plus theory
24-Apr 13.1 What is Theory For, anyway Listen to an episode of the In Theory podcast

Popkin. From Herodotus to H-Net Chapter 7 [T]
26-Apr V – Writing 13.2 Applying Theory Judith Waltzer Leavitt. Typhoid Mary

Only read your assigned chapter – Posted on Titanium
28-Apr PA #9- Annotated primary source bibliography
1-May 14.1 Historical Writing in Practice William Cronon. "A Place for Stories: Nature, History and Narrative" The Journal of American History 78, No. 4 (March 1992) 1347-1378

George Orwell. "Politics and the English Language" [T]
3-May 14.2 A particularly Disastrous Age? Jonathan Bergman. "Disaster: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis" History Compass 6, no. 3 (2008) 934-946

Steven Biel. "Introduction" American Disasters
5-May PA #10- Rough draft due to me and your peer
8-May 15.1 NO CLASS- Individual Meetings PA #11- Peer review due BY E-MAIL TO ME AND YOUR COLLEAGUE BY 10:00 AM ON MONDAY
10-May 15.2 Loose Ends Sam Wineburg. "Why Historical Thinking is Not about History" History News (Spring 2016)
19-May Final paper due