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MN/LOCAL HISTORY COURSES - Fall 2013

  • HIST 1000W / HIST 3000W sec 001 Visions of the Past: Twin Cities History
  • HIST 3837 Minnesota History

HIST 1000W / HIST 3000W sec 001 Visions of the Past: Twin Cities History
Instructor: Chang,David Anthony
Description: Twin Cities History surveys the dynamic history of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan region. The course incorporates lectures, discussions, and multimedia presentations that focus on the area's diverse populations and cultures and on the economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the modern metropolis. The course is also intended to offer students first-hand encounters with the Twin Cities past and present; scheduled activities include visits to museums, historic sites, and area landmarks. Specific historical topics include: the development of the region's milling economy; immigration, ethnicity, and refugees in the past and present; the experiences and activism of American Indians in the region; prohibition and crime in the 1920s and 1930s; the 1934 Minneapolis Trucker's Strike; suburban growth and mall culture; and Twin Cities' music scenes in the late 20th century.

HIST 3837 Minnesota History
Instructor: Stone,Paul Clois
Description: The long middle third of the 20th century was one in which Minnesota played a disproportionately powerful role in the political, social and cultural life of the United States. It was a period that saw the last years of authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis (the first American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature), and the early years of actor Jessica Lange and "the Artist" now, again, known as Prince, and the beginning of the era of the extremely influential local band The Replacements. The middle period of the middle century, the late Fifties and Sixties, was dominated by Minnesota journalists like Harrison Salisbury of the New York Times and Eric Sevareid of CBS, NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, Senators Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, U.S. Appellate Court Justice Gerald Heaney, former Governor and frequent Presidential candidate Harold Stassen and, especially, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. McCarthy became a prominent Presidential candidate in 1968 and Mondale Vice President in 1977 and a Presidential candidate in 1984. However, if there is one figure whose career, ambitions and influence more than any others defines this middle portion of the century it is Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911 to 1978. A native of South Dakota who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1939, Humphrey was both a teacher and a politician, ultimately Vice President between 1965 and 1969. By the time of his death from cancer in 1978 he had become both the respected and controversial face of a particular kind of Minnesota liberalism distinct in many ways from the optimistic liberalism of the New Deal and the pessimistic radicalism of the New Left. While this course explores the time, place (largely Minnesota) and numerous persons who were prominent in the Age of Humphrey it also focuses on Minnesota and the northern center of the United States during the Progressive Era (1880s to about 1917) and what we now think of as the Upper Midwest during the period from 1848 to 1893. These dates mark the period between Wisconsin's statehood (which prompted a drive toward territorial status, then statehood for Minnesota) and the national financial panic of the late 19th century. Of course, the Civil War took place between 1861 and 1865, and the importance of the state in that singular conflict is key to the course. Requirements are a mid term and final exam, a short three-page ungraded paper due the fourth week of class and a 12-page thematic paper due the last week in April. Grading is A-F and S and N. Auditors are also welcome. The course is mainly lecture (including guest lectures), with a moderate reading list but will also feature discussions, music and segments from films and television broadcasts. There will be field trips to the Minnesota Historical Society, the Mill City Museum and the James J. Hill House. Other individual and small group field trips are possible.

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