American Studies 301g: America , the Frontier, and the New West

This course will not focus on America and the "New Millennium". Instead, it will examine the foundations of the United States and American culture in such actions as exploration, conquest, revolution, constitution-making, pioneering, and immigration, with particular attention paid to the revisionary history prompted in part by the Bicentennial of the Constitution in 1987, the Quincentennial of Columbus' "discovery" of American in 1992, and the Centennial in 1993 of Frederick Jackson Turner's essay, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History." As an introductory course for the American Studies major, this course will also practice and preach interdisciplinary study: it will draw upon various modes of inquiry including, especially, literary, historical, and political analysis.

Fulfills GE Category I.