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demonstrated by the popularity of historic sites, museums, historical re-enactments, televised
historical documentaries and Hollywood films. Yet, despite its growing audience, the discipline
of history seems to be in a state of crisis. Political debates have engendered a public furor over
how American history is being taught and remembered. This course will examine the often
contentious relationship between popular presentations of the past for the general public and
professional historians' scholarly interpretations and provide an introduction to the growing
field of museum studies. The course may include the "hands-on" experience of a mini-internship
at local historical societies, libraries, and museums and the opportunity for students to create
their own online exhibits on different historical topics. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or
permission of the Instructor. Alternate years. No S/U option. (Humanities)

241. Slavery and the Environment in a Comparative Context (in the Bahamas)
This course offers a rare opportunity to explore historic slave plantation ruins on a remote
island in the Bahamas as a means of interpreting the history of slavery. We will examine the
attempt by British Loyalists, who left the American colonies after the Revolutionary War, to
establish cotton production in the Bahamas, using slave labor, and how the environmental
context led to significant differences in the evolving relationships between enslaved people and
plantation owners. A significant portion of the course (two weeks) will be conducted at the
Gerace Research Centre, College of the Bahamas on the island of San Salvador; this will enable
us to explore the ruins of several slave plantations, including the Farquharson Plantation. The
journal Charles Farquharson kept from 1831-1832, which includes a slave uprising, is the only
one in existence documenting a Bahamian slave plantation, and will be a central course text.
This course is cross-listed with Environmental Studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

251. Federal Indian Policy
Relations between Native American nations and the federal government. Central theme is the
clash of cultures in the westward movement. Treaties, removal, land allotment, federal
recognition in the twentieth century, and a review of the current scene. Offered subject to

availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Humanities)

252. Baseball: The American Game
In many interesting ways the history of baseball from the mid-1800’s onward reflects the history
of the United States. This seminar will examine the origins of the game, its evolution to a
professional sport and then big business, legal aspects of the game, integration, and
unionization. Students will write several papers and do a little research project about baseball
and American society. Find out how Cornelius McGillicuddy, Jackie Robinson, Alexander
Cartwright, Curt Flood, John Montgomery Ward, Alta Weiss, and Andy Messersmith –
ballplayers all – reveal something important about American history and society. The
relationship of the national game to changes in the country such as industrialization,

urbanization, labor unionism, and integration. No S/U option. (Humanities)

255. American Lives
American history through autobiographies, memoirs, and biographies. No S/U option.

257-262. Topics in History
Introduction to specific historical problems. Topics vary according to specialization or interest
of instructor. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)

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