HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Section: 002 Who Were the Puritans? The Story of America's First Religious Fundamentalists
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The Puritans have continued to fascinate us since they appeared on the shores of North America in the 1620s. The label “Puritan” – first applied as a term of insult to those English men and women who were dissatisfied with the Church of England in the 1500s and 1600s – has never lost its pejorative meaning. Today, to act like a Puritan means to be a killjoy, a fanatic, a sexually and emotionally repressed scold who despises all that is good and kind in the world. In the words of the 20th century journalist H.L. Mencken, Puritanism is “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” But who were the real Puritans? What did they believe, how did they act, and why were they so influential in shaping American history and culture? We will read diaries and letters written by the people we call Puritans, as well as satirical descriptions of them by their critics; we will look at art, cartoons, and other visual images to see how Puritans dressed and behaved; we will explore their families and communities to see how they acted in the world. This course will introduce students to a fascinating lost world of devout believers who share many traits with today’s fundamentalists, Christian as well as Jewish and Muslim, and to the art of historical interpretation through close reading of primary documents.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21668
Open
7
7Y1
-
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
21770
Open
5
5Y1
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
P
31783
Open
9
1Y1
-
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
32408
Open
2
2Y1
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780195128901
A little commonwealth : family life in Plymouth Colony, Author: John Demos., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780674738997
Puritans among the Indians : accounts of captivity and redemption, 1676-1724, Author: ed. by Alden T. Vaughan & Edward W. Clark., Publisher: Belknap Press 1981
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780742562097
Understanding fundamentalism : Christian, Islamic, and Jewish movements, Author: Richard T. Antoun., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2nd ed. 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195161304
Escaping Salem the other witch hunt of 1692, Author: Richard Godbeer., Publisher: Oxford University Press [Online-Au 2005
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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