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Exploring Middletown's History: A Research and Writing Workshop

HIST 171
Fall 2010 not offered
Course Cluster: Urban Studies

"An American town, large enough to contain a fairly complete representation of the different classes and types of people yet not so large that individualities are submerged in the general mass, or the line between the classes blurred and made indistinct, is the real epitome of American life," the socialist intellectual Randolph Bourne declared in 1913. Middletown, Connecticut, is exactly that sort of town and has been throughout its 350-year-long history. Yet there is no in-depth history of the city. In this seminar we will help fill up that void. Rather than reading secondary works, as is the case in most history courses, students will work like historians themselves, developing their own specific topics, working in archives, discussing findings with each other, writing draft essays, reading and discussing each other's drafts, and then revising and submitting the final project. In the process students will not only contribute to a greater understanding of Middletown's history but develop their abilities as researchers and writers. This seminar is ideal for sophomores considering history as their major, but other students are more than welcome.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on JUL-15-2024
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