History 490Q (101) Seminar for History Majors: Fashioning Early America

Instructor(s)

Alisa Wade

Term

1

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credits

3

Description

This seminar will explore the foundations of United States history through the lens of material objects, running from the period of the American Revolution through the early stages of industrial capitalism in the nineteenth century.  In it, we will analyze the “stuff” that people used, wore, and interacted with in their daily lives: and will discover how these objects--including furniture, clothing, paintings, weaponry, books, architecture, and other ephemera--tell the stories of the experiences of individuals from different racial, ethnic, gendered, and class backgrounds.  Ultimately, students will learn how to interpret different types of material artifacts, and will contextualize them within the broader political, military, economic, and cultural fabric of the early American republic.