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AMST 301B/HIST 366B: American Cultural Traditions

Course guide for AMST301/HIST366B


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Subjects covered in AMST301/HIST366B American Cultural Traditions

From Dr. Croce's syllabus:

This course provides a guide to patterns of thought and action in the territory that would become the United States, with brief coverage of stories explored further in upper-division course in American Studies and American history. The five topics here are organized into pairs for comparison of earlier and recent aspects of each:

  • Contested Presidential Elections, in particular, the elections of 1800 and 2000;
  • Florida History: with focus on the Florida War (the Second Seminole War) and Zora Neale Huston’s folklore research in Eatonville, FL;
  • Women and Childbirth, with examination of midwifery before and after the advent of scientific medicine;
  • Christian Evangelicals, in the early republic and in our own time; and  
  • African American Responses to Injustice, specifically the vigilante destruction of Rosewood, FL, and the messages of Malcolm X and recent attention to America’s racial past.


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