HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
Section: 001 History at Work: Remembering the New Deal in Michigan
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
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Marking the 75th anniversary of the New Deal—President Franklin Roosevelt’s plan for dealing with the Great Depression—this course offers students an opportunity to learn about the New Deal in Michigan, debate issues of historical commemoration and preservation, and participate in shaping a preservation plan for structures built in Michigan by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (a New Deal program). The New Deal looms large in our political culture, shaping debates about the appropriate scope of the federal government even today. Yet, just as those who lived through the Great Depression are getting older, so the physical legacies of the New Deal in the landscape and built environment are often deteriorating. The hands-on portion of this class will focus on the Waterloo State Recreation Area west of Ann Arbor, where the CCC built a number of structures as the park was developed. Our readings will include information on the New Deal, as well as works in the theory and practice of historic preservation and public history. Field work will include research trips to the Bentley Library and the State Historic Preservation Office in Lansing; meetings with officials from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR); identifying and locating alumni of the CCC and the farming families who were displaced when the park was created; and documenting the structures themselves. Our final project will be a strategic plan outlining how the DNR might proceed in preserving these structures and telling this story of the New Deal in Michigan.

*Students must be able to attend three out of four required field assignments to be held on designated Fridays during the academic term.

HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students must be able to attend three out of four required field assignments to be held on designated Fridays during the semester.
002 (LEC)
6LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with AAPTIS 291.001
003 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with ASIAN 253.003
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