HISTORY 231 - Social Science Topics in History
Section: 101 History at Work
Term: SP 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Today, we hear many calls for a new “New Deal” to help Americans cope with our current economic crisis, the “worst since the Great Depression.” The legacies of the New Deal clearly shape our political landscape, and they have left their mark on the physical landscape too—if we know where to look.

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the New Deal in Michigan during the 1930s, debate issues of historical commemoration and preservation, and participate in shaping a preservation plan for New Deal-era structures built in Michigan. Just as those who lived through the Great Depression are passing away, 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, a park created under the auspices of the New Deal.

Our readings will include information on the New Deal, as well as works in the theory and practice of historic preservation and public history.

Required field assignments will include research trips to the Bentley Historical Library on North Campus; meetings with officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO); and visits to Waterloo itself. Our final project will contribute to 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 several field sessions throughout the term.

HISTORY 231 - Social Science Topics in History
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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All of these books should be on reserve. There will be readings available through electronic reserves as well. In addition, there may be a small transportation fee assessed for field visits, but students are not expected to provide their own transportation for field visits.
ISBN: 0195326342
The Great Depression & the New Deal : a very short introduction, Author: Rauchway, Eric., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780816648764
A manufactured wilderness : summer camps and the shaping of American youth, 1890-1960, Author: Van Slyck, Abigail Ayres., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 2006
ISBN: 9780415934428
Giving preservation a history : histories of historic preservation in the United States, Publisher: Routledge 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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