HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 004 Fame and Celebrity in Antebellum America
Term: FA 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History concentration. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Living in the contemporary United States, we cannot escape from celebrity culture. US and People magazines greet us at every turn, in the grocery aisle, on billboards, in airport waiting rooms, and even in our own mailboxes. Admit it — most of us were at least a little bit interested in Britney Spears’ public breakdown.

Have you ever wondered from whence this fascination emerged? This course, while satisfying your first-year writing requirement, will be an introduction to the field of celebrity studies as approached by modern historians. In the process, you will also learn quite a bit about the history of the antebellum period in the United States as well as early American culture.

We will explore topics including the role of celebrities in politics, celebrated crimes, celebrity scandal, and the celebrity tour between 1820 and 1860. You will learn to use a variety of historical sources, including not just secondary works, but newspapers, letters, diaries, and visual artifacts. Since History 195 aims not just to teach you history, but to help you become more critical readers, thinkers and writers, we will work together so that each student can learn to write an analytically sound college-level research paper. By the end of the term, you will have a broader understanding of the cultural background of the United States as well as have a strong grasp of the tools you will need to be a successful college student and writer.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
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Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
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