Exploring Middletown's History: A Research and Writing Workshop|
Spring 2011 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Peter Hall, MIDDLETOWN: STREETS, COMMERCE, AND PEOPLES, 1650-1981
Elizabeth Warner, A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF MIDDLETOWN
Essays written by Wesleyan students in the past
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Plan, research, and write a major research essay (20-25 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The seminar is designed for sophomores who are considering History as their major.
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