Tutor: David Huyssen
Module type: Period Topic
Module Code: HIS00060C
This course examines disparate reformers and reform movements advocating for social or legislative change in America, from the Progressive Era to the present day. In various areas of public debate – inequality, public morality, race relations, sexuality, and educational policy, to name just a few – it will probe the relationship between reform, radicalism, and mainstream discourse, clarifying not only what role reform and reformers have played in transforming the United States, but also the limits to what “reform” can achieve.
Each week in seminar, in addition to discussing readings and situating them within broader historiographical debates, we will collectively examine primary documents relevant to the main assignment, integrating conversations about historical practice and method in preparation for your writing assignments. We will also brush up on the basics of university-level writing.
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