ENGL/HIST 3300-01
Studies in American Culture
Fall 2007
MWF 11:00-11:50; Humanities 209
Dr. Randy Hendricks
TLC 2223

Office Hours
MWF 10:00-11:00; MW 3:30-5:00
Also by appointment


Course Description:  An introduction to American Studies as an area of critical inquiry, including a study of the theories and methods used in the field and readings of significant works that have shaped it.  Required for the minor in American Studies.  Same as HIST 3300.  (No more than two [2] 3000-level courses may be counted toward the major in English.)

Learning Outcomes:
The following are expected outcomes for all sections of ENGL/HIST 3300

Relation to Program Goals:
This course directly supports the learning outcomes for the B.A. in English, specifically outcomes A, C, D, E, F, and G as listed on page 195 of the 2002-2003 Undergraduate Catalog.


Some Policies, Expectations, and Other Important Information

Expectations:  The professional relationship between an instructor and a student is not that of vendor and consumer.  One does not buy learning the way one
buys a car, a sound system, or a hamburger.  Tuition buys professional direction and assistance to your own study as well as a fair and careful assessment of
your progress.  It never buys the right not to attend class, to fail to complete assigned work, or to practice a radical individualism that distracts the instructor

and classmates with impunity.  By agreeing to teach the class, I agree to provide the direction, assistance, and assessment.  By enrolling in the class, you have
created obligations for yourself.  If you do not meet them, you will not succeed.
My basic assumption is that students are adults preparing to be professionals.  They should understand that the way they conduct business has a direct
influence on their success in the class and other tangible if longer-term results (For example, you are not only completing the requirements for the courses you
are currently taking, you are developing professional relationships with your instructors, who will in due course serve as your primary references as you seek
admission to graduate schools, employment, or other types of professional or educational opportunities).

To be more specific, I expect students to come to each class meeting on time, prepared and ready to concentrate on the tasks at hand.  I further expect
students to prepare all assignments with scrupulous attention to detail and directions by the stipulated deadlines.  And I tolerate no unprofessional distractions
such as gum chewing, sleeping in class, using beepers or cell phones (either for incoming or outgoing calls).  Students who create such distractions will leave the

Deadline for Withdrawal:  The deadline for withdrawing from any class with a grade of W is October 8.  Students may withdraw from a class after that date only
in the case of hardship.  Hardship withdrawals are determined in the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, not by instructors or department
chairs.  Students who are granted hardship withdrawals must withdraw from all their classes.

Compliance with Act regarding disabilities:
The instructor will make accommodations to meet special needs of students with documented disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the
instructor of any such need and to provide the appropriate documentation.

Department of English and Philosophy Plagiarism Policy
The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic,
print, and verbal sources.  The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments.  Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.

Other Policies
    * Campus e-mail (myUWG) will be the official method for all communication by e-mail
    * No extra credit will be allowed in this course
    * Work done for another course may be accepted to satisfy requirements in this course, provided both instructors agree to accept such work.  Students
should keep in mind, however, that the same work might be evaluated according to different criteria, given the different outcomes.


 First Paper Assignment  Third Paper Assignment
  Second Paper Assignment Term Project Assignment
Oral Report Assignment

 Final Exam 


<>Aug        15    Course Introductions
              17    What is American Studies?  Marx, Leo.  "Thoughts on the Origin and Character of the American Studies Movement."  American Quarterly, 31.3
                        (1979):  398-401.  click
              20  Wise, "'Paradigm Dramas' in American Studies:  A Cultural and Institutional History of the Movement."  American Quarterly.  31.3 (1979):
293-337.  click   Link to notes
              22   Davis, Allen F.  "The Politics of American Studies." American Quarterly.  42.3 (1990):  353-74).  click
              24    Kessler-Harris, Alice.  "Cultural Locations:  Positioning American Studies in the Great Debate."  American Quarterly.  44.3 (1992):  299-312.
               27  Rudnick, Lois, et al. "Teaching American Identities." American Quarterly.  54.2 (2002):  255-77.  click
              29    Kaplin, Amy,  "Violent Belongings and the Question of Empire Today."  American Quarterly 56.2 (June 2004): 1-18.   click   Summing up to this point and looking ahead
               31    NO CLASS:  Instructor away for research.
Sept         1    NO Class:  Labor Day
                5    Gettysburg--An Introduction
                7    Edward Everett's speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield.  link
              10    Abraham Lincoln's speech  at the dedicatioan of the Gettysburg battlefield  Click Here
              12    Historical Interpretations:  an overview; David Madden, Lincoln's Second Gettysburg Address
              14    Some contemporary accounts of the Battle:  Extract from the Diary of an English Officer;  Front page of New York Times, July 4,
               17    The Killer Angels Note "To Reader" through "Monday, June 29, 1863"; First Short PaperDue
               19    The Killer Angels "Wednesday, July 1, 1863, The First Day"
               21  The Killer Angels   "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day" Parts 1-4 :  Battlefield tour
               24 The Killer Angels   "Thursday, July 2, 1863, The Second Day" Parts 5-6
               26 The Killer Angels   "Friday, July 3, 1863, The Third Day" through "Afterword"
               28 The Killer Angels  
Oct           1   Gettysburg, the film, selections 
                 3    Gettysburg, the film, selections;  Second Short Paper Due
                 5    Biedler, Philip.  "Ted Turner, et al, at Gettysburg; Or, Re-Enactors in the Attic" Report on Unrau; Report on Gallagher
                 8    Report on Golay; Report on Reardon; Report on Boritt--The Gettysburg Nobody Knows ,
               10    Report on Boritt--The Gettysburg Gospel; Report on Wills; Report on Desjardin
               12    No Class:  Fall Break
               15    Report on Gingrich; Report on Keneally;
               17    The Civil Rights Movement--An Introduction     Civil Rights Timeline
               19    Film; Brown vs. the Board of Education click here for text
               22    Film;  Presentation on the Emmett Till murder case Photos of Emmett Till
               24   Ellison, Invisible Man, Chapter 1
               26   No Class:  Instructor away for conference 
               29   Oral Histories,  Estell Harvey,  Ken Fairly  Click here 
               31   Instructor presentation on Robert Penn Warren's Segregation:  The Inner Conflict in the South   
Nov           2   Statement by 8 Alabama Clergymen and King's Letter from Birminham Jail King
                  5    Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet"  click here or  click here includes audio excerpt
                  7    Third Short Paper Due
                  9   No Class: Instructor away for conference
                 12  Become familiar with the 1965 Watts Riot by reading the material provided by the following Web sites:    Watts Riots--L.A.P.D. Radio Calls Johnson's Statements on Watts Riots 1965 , Platform of the Black Panther Party; Bobby Seale's HomepageThe Black Panthers
                 14    Report on Logan; Report on Whitfield; Report on Moody; Report on Martin
                 16    Report on Weisbrot; Report on Crawford; Report on Bloom
                 19    Report on Haines; Report on O'Connor; Report on Warren
                 21     Thanksgiving break: No Class
                 23      Thanksgiving break:  No class
                 26    Individual Research Projects
                 28    Individual Research Projects
                 30    Individual Research Projects
Dec             3   Individual Research Projects
<>                   5    Research Projects due by 5:00 pm
                 10   11:00-1:00 Final Exam