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By the end of the course, you should be able to answer:
- What is the practice of history?
- Why might scholars take different historical approaches to similar topics?
- What kinds of sources do historians use?
- How do historians construct arguments?
- How can we critique historical arguments?
- How can we understand the practice of history through American disaster history?
Historical skills – by the end of the course you should be able to:
- Link events and themes from the past with current events.
- Clearly express ideas and arguments through writing and speech.
- Read, digest and analyze scholarly work on American disaster history.
- Locate, select and use primary and secondary sources
- Use and critique others’ use of primary sources in making historical arguments.
Command of information – by the end of the course you should have:
- Knowledge of the context for the disasters we discuss in class. This includes major political, social and economic events, movements and turning points during America’s “Gilded Age”
- Familiarity with the most expensive, deadly and destructive disasters in American history.
- Awareness of the different explanations and interpretations of American disaster history.