Kasey Sease, History '14, Wins First Place Prize at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidates who have recently defended their dissertations
HIUS 4501 (5)
Seminar in United States History
"America and Scotland in an Age of War and Revolution"
This course will allow students to explore the transatlantic relationship between peoples living in Scotland and in British America (and later with Americans in the newly independent United States) between 1754 and 1815. Historians have long struggled how best to characterize the direct connections between these two peoples as well as the ways in which they related to each other within the framework of British Empire and in the aftermath of the American Revolution. Commerce, emigration, military service, religion, imperial politics, and the Enlightenment all bound Scots and Americans together in one way or another over this period. Those same ties, however, created tension between Scotland and America in the second half of the eighteenth century and in the early decades of the nineteenth century. We will probe both aspects of this history during our time together.
We will spend the first five weeks of the term together discussing readings in common as well as research methods in anticipation of students crafting a 25-30 page final paper. We will then meet sporadically as a group to workshop research proposals and rough drafts.
Students will develop a research topic and question in consultation with me that reflects their particular interests as they relate to the course. In addition to the major research paper, students will complete three other short writing assignments that will help them prepare for the task of tackling the longer essay.
Approaches to Historical Thinking
This course will explore various perspectives on how historical knowledge is produced, conveyed and debated. The focus will be on both the methods and the methodologies of historical inquiry.