HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 001 Michigan History: People and Place
Term: SP 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected twice for credit.
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In this course, we will explore the history of Michigan through the intersection of people and place. We can deepen our understanding of history by considering the importance of place—location, environmental conditions, natural resources, and settlement patterns—as a factor in historical experience. We will also gain appreciation for how people have affected place, and how we can “read” history through clues on the landscape and in the built environment. We will consider a series of episodes in Michigan history: the early colonial period when Michigan was a crossroads of empire; the lumbering boom which transformed the environment of many areas in Michigan; the heyday of manufacturing might, when Henry Ford’s mass-produced cars helped remake the landscape; and the complicated relationship between race and place in Detroit and other Michigan cities and towns. Readings will include first-person accounts of these developments, as well as scholarly writings that analyze and explain them. Class time will include both lectures and time for discussion. Assignments include two papers, several quizzes, and a final exam.

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
MW 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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