AMCULT 100 - What is an American?
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In a nation formed and transformed by successive waves of immigrants, what is an American has often been a source of debate. In this course we will focus on a few immigrant experiences, in the past as well as the present, through which to think through this perennial question. We will focus on the experience of the Irish, Jews, Blacks, Mexicans, Cubans, Japanese, and contemporary Asians.

These six immigrant groups are representative of the four major waves of immigration to America. The first wave consisted of Northwest Europeans who immigrated up to the mid-19th century; the second one consisted of Southern and Eastern Europeans at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th; the third entailed the movement from the South to the North of Black Americans and Mexicans precipitated by two World Wars; and the fourth one, from 1965 on, is still ongoing in the present, of immigrants mostly from Latin America and Asia. At all times, our effort will be to understand the immigrant past of these ethnic groups, both for what it tells us about the past as well as their present and possible future.

Always we will focus on the causes for the migration of the group; the process through which they became incorporated into American society; their outcomes with respect to assimilation (cultural and structural); and how they also transformed this nation.

Course Requirements:

The course evaluation will consist of two in-class exams and one book review, taking class participation into account.

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AMCULT 100 - What is an American?
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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