Schedule

Week 1 – Introduction to the Course / Introduction to the Atlantic
Monday – 8/22/16 – Introduction to the course / What is the Atlantic?
Readings due: Syllabus (in class)
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 8/24/16 – Thinking digitally and Atlantically
Readings due: Audrey Watters. “I Love My Label” [T] AND Martha Hodes. “Four Episodes in Re-Creating a Life” [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 2 – Conceptualizing Atlantic Peoples
Monday – 8/29/16 – Setting the Scene
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapters 1 and 2
In-class assignment: Timeline
Reclaim Hosting Demo (bring computers to class)

Wednesday – 8/31/16 – What’s in a name?
Readings due: James Merrell. “Second Thoughts on Colonial Historians and American Indians.” The William and Mary Quarterly, 2012 [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 9/2/16
Assignment due: Have signed up for a domain through reclaim hosting.

Week 3 – Atlantic Imaginations
Monday – 9/5/16 – NO CLASS – LABOR DAY

Wednesday – 9/7/16 – An Atlantic of the Mind (and whose mind?)
Readings due: John R. Gillis. Islands of the Mind (chapter 2); Richard Grove. Green Imperialism (introduction and parts of chapter 1) [T]
In-class assignment: Timeline
Wordpress Demo (bring computers to class)

Friday – 9/9/16
Assignment due: Set up a wordpress site for this class; e-mail me the URL of the site.

[SOMETIME DURING THE FIRST THREE WEEKS, PLAN TO COME SEE ME DURING OFFICE HOURS – book at http://shrouta.youcanbook.me]

Week 4 – Ships
[RESPONSE POSTS BEGIN THIS WEEK] Monday – 9/12/16 – An Iberian Atlantic World
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 3
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 9/14/16 – Spaces, ships and slavery
Readings due: Stephanie Smallwood. “African Guardians, European Slave Ships and the Changing Dynamics of Power in the Early Modern Atlantic” in The William and Mary Quarterly. Volume 64, Number 4, October 2007 [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 5 – Islands
Monday – 9/19/16 – Claiming Atlantic spaces
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 4
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 9/21/16 – Sugar Islands
Readings due: Alberto Vierira. “The Sugar Economy of Madiera and the Canaries” in Tropical Babylons [T]
In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 9/23/16
Assignment due: Identification of three possible final project topics. These should be one or two sentences each, and include a special, temporal and thematic aspect. For example: nuns and religion in early Mexico.

Week 6 – Coasts and Rivers
Monday – 9/26/16 – Liminal Spaces in North America
Readings due: Andrew C. Lipman. “Murder on the Saltwater Frontier: The Death of John Oldham” in Early American Studies, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 2011 [T] In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 9/28/16 – Liminal Spaces in European Empires
Readings due: Lauren Benton. A Search for Sovereignty. Chapter 3 [T]
In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 7 – Colonies
Monday – 10/3/16 – Labor Regimes
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 5
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 10/5/16 – Colonial Failures and Successes
Readings due: The Jamestown Project. Introduction AND George. E Brooks “Ecological Perspectives on Mande Population Movements, Commercial Networks and Settlement Patterns from the Atlantic Wet Phase to the Present” History in Africa. Volume 16, 1989 [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 10/7/16
Assignment due: Identification of your final project topic. This should be one robust paragraph (250-350 words) describing one of the topics you proposed in week 5. You should give a few sentences of context (even if we haven’t gotten to the topic yet in the course) as well as what you find interesting about this topic.

Week 8 – MIDTERM
Monday – 10/10/16 – Midterm review
Due in class: Come to class with a list of main events, people or places you expect to see on the exam
In-class assignment: Consolidate timeline

Wednesday – 10/12/16 – Midterm exam (in class)

Download the midterm from the course Titanium site.  It is listed under October 10-October 16 and is labeled midterm.  Answer the questions in a SEPARATE document.  You can use whatever word processor you wish, but you MUST upload a .doc file.  Make sure to upload your answer file by 11:20 on Wednesday the 12th.

During the exam, I will be in my office, and can be reached by phone – (657) 278-4940

  • View the midterm exam here
  • Submit your exam here

Week 9 – Plantations / Public facing scholarship
Monday – 10/17/16 – The Atlantic Slave Trade
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 6 AND Sidney Mintz. Sweetness and Power (excerpts) [T] In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 10/19/16 – Experiencing Slavery
Readings due: Michael Gomez. Exchanging Our Country Marks. Chapter 5
In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 10 – Cities / Locating secondary sources
Monday – 10/24/16 – Entanglements
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapters 7 and 8
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 10/26/16 – What is an Atlantic City?
Readings due: Jane Mangan. “Potosí,” in Places of Encounter: Time, Place, and Connectivity in World History AND Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi and Liora Bigon “City Planning: Yorùbá City Planning” [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 10/28/16
Assignment due: Identification of FIVE SOURCES – at least one additional book and at least three additional articles – that you will synthesize for your final project literature review.

Due on Titanium (click here to submit)

Week 11 – Empires / Locating primary sources
Monday – 10/31/16 – From empires to nations?
Readings due: NOTE CHANGE – WATCH HAMILTON’S AMERICA (LINK HERE)
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 11/2/16 – Revolutions / locating primary sources / embedding primary sources in websites
Readings due: NOTE CHANGE – Review Primary sources

In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 12 – Households / Digital Exhibits
Monday – 11/7/16 – Entanglements again / Digital Narratives with WordPress (pages, slideshow, menus)
Readings due: Mary Beth Norton. “White Women’s Experiences in Early America”
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 11/9/16 – The Atlantic and everyday lives / Omeka
Readings due: Caterina Pizzigoni. The Life Within (Chapter 5)
In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 11/11/16
Assignment due: Identification of 3-5 primary sources that will feature in your final project.  You must identify where the digital home of the source is (i.e. in which digital collection, from which website) and where the physical item is held.  Not including the latter will cause you to loose points.

Due on Titanium (link here) by 5 PM on Friday

Week 13 – Industry / Digital Maps
Monday – 11/14/16 – Industrialism and global connections / Neatline
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 13
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 11/16/16 – Commodities / Mapwarper
Readings due: Sven Beckert. “Emancipation and Empire: Reconstructing the Worldwide Web of Cotton Production in the Era of the American Civil War” in The American Historical Review. 2004 [T] In-class assignment: Primary source

Friday – 11/18/16
Assignment due: Draft of your final project historical context piece. This should be approximately 750 words, and should reference the secondary sources you identified earlier in the semester. These pieces should not summarize extant literature, but rather (I) identify the major debates within the literature, (II) explain why your primary sources help to understand some aspect of those debates and (III) make some argument about where the field needs to go next.

Week 14 – FALL BREAK – NO CLASS

Week 15 – Ethnic Identities / Planning an Project
Monday – 11/28/16 – Slavery and identity / Twine
Readings due: The Atlantic World – Chapter 14
In-class assignment: Timeline

Wednesday – 11/30/16 – Ethnic Enclaves / Timeline
Readings due: David M. Emmons. “Irrepressible Conflicts” in Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West. [T]
In-class assignment: Primary source

Week 16 – Theories
Monday – 12/5/16 – NO CLASS – SCHEDULE INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS

BY THE TIME WE MEET THIS WEEK
Assignment due: Prototype of your final project (shared via the course blog)

Wednesday – 12/7/16 – Looking forward
Readings due: Readings due: David Armitage. “Three Concepts of Atlantic History” AND Bernard Bailyn “The Idea of Atlantic History” [T] AND Laurent Dubois.  “Atlantic Freedoms”
In-class assignment: Revise timeline
LINK TO YOUR FINAL PROJECT MUST BE POSTED TO THE COURSE BLOG BY THE END OF FINALS PERIOD. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS OF THE FINAL WILL BE PERMITTED.