The Gilded Age
HST 368- The Gilded Age
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office: Clow Faculty 307
Office Hours: T/Th 9:45-11:00
The transformation of life between in the United States between the Civil War and the 20th century. The rise of industry in the United States, working class response, creation of the urban society, settlement of the New West, transformation of agriculture, reassessment of sex roles, creation of a new political structure, and rise of United States as an international power.
Available at the Campus Bookstore
- Leon Fink, ed. Major Problems in the Guilded Age and Progressive Era
- William Cronon Nature’s Metropolis
- Kathy Peiss Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn of the Century New York
- C. Vann Woodward The Strange Career of Jim Crow
- Students are expected to attend class. See attendance policy for more details.
- Students should complete the day’s reading before class, and come prepared to discuss it.
- There will be one short (4-5 page) paper based on the reading.
- There will be one 10-12 page research paper on a topic of your choice.
- There will be one midterm and one final exam, with short identifications and essays.
- Late work will be docked one letter grade per day, with missing work factored as a zero.
Attendance records will be kept in this class. I understand that occasionally uncontrollable events happen, and am willing to excuse them. To facilitate that process, you must write down your name, the date of class you missed, and attach appropriate documentation. Bring those items to the next class period, and turn them in to me after class. Only the following reasons and documents will be accepted:
- Medical illness. A Doctor’s note testifying to the date and seriousness of incident.
- Family death. I must receive: the name of the deceased, the name of the funeral parlor, and your parent’s address so that I may send condolences.
- Religious holiday. You must have a note by Feb. 10 from your faith leader verifying your good standing in a faith community and all the dates of conflict in the semester.
- University related event such as soccer game, debate tournament, etc. Bring in the schedule at the beginning of the semester.
- If one of these categories applies to you, bring your documentation to your next class. No conversation is necessary. I will return the pages to you with your next assignment marked “approved” or “disapproved.”
- I also understand that occasionally people miss class for serious reasons that do not quite make the above requirements. To allow some flexibility, I will permit 2 unexcused absences
Professor Kuhl holds office hours every week. Please feel free to drop by to ask questions about the readings, clarify points from lecture, challenge my interpretation of history, or hold other sorts of intellectual conversations.
POLICY ON SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY
Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from The University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of The University; policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. For more information on The University policy see http://www.tts.uwosh.edu/dean/studentdisciplinecode.html
Course grades will be determined as follows
- Class Participation 20%
- Short Paper 10%
- Research Paper 25%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Final Exam 25%
**ALL SYLLABUS ITEMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR**
Week 1 Beginnings
tues. 2/1 Introduction
thurs. 2/3 Major Problems ch.1 Cashman essay; Cronon Intro. and ch.1
Week 2 Rise of the Big City
tues 2/8 Cronon ch.2-3
thurs 2/10 Cronon ch.4-5
Week 3 Southern Troubles
tues 2/15 Major Problems ch.4 “Trials of the New South”
thurs. 2/17 Woodward preface, intro, ch.1-3; short paper due
Week 4 Crisis of Capitalism
tues 2/22 MP ch.2 “Capitalism and its Discontents”
thrus 2/24 Cronon ch.6-7
Week 5 World’s Fair
tues. 3/1 Cronon ch.8-epilogue; research paper proposals due
thurs. 3/3 Online reading “How did African-American Women Define their Citizenship at the World’s Fair in 1893?” http://www.alexanderstreet6.com/wasm/wasmrestricted/ibw/intro.htm
Week 6 Culture
tues. 3/8 Midterm
thurs. 3/10 MP ch.11 “Consumer Culture and Commercialized Leisure”
Week 7 Happy Holiday! Spring Break 3/13-3/18
Week 8 The Wild West
tues. 3/22 MP ch.3 “Behind the Bravura of the Wild West”; outline due
thurs. 3/24 Movie: Stagecoach
Week 9 Working Class Culture
tues. 3/29 Peiss intro-ch.4
thurs. 3/31 Peiss ch.5-concl.
Week 10 Immigrants
tues. 4/5 MP ch.5 all docs., essays by Klein and Bodnar; rough drafts due
thurs. 4/7 MP ch.5 Sanchez essay; online reading Jacob Riis http://www.cis.yale.edu/amstud/inforev/riis/contents.html
ch.5 “The Italian in New York,” ch.9 “Chinatown,”
and ch.10 “Jewtown.”
Week 11 Reform
tues. 4/12 MP ch.8 “Professionalism and the Uses of New Knowledge”
thurs. 4/14 Online reading: Minnesota WCTU
Week 12 Politics
tues. 4/19 MP ch.6 docs 1-3 and Calhoun essay
thurs. 4/21 MP ch.6 docs 4-5 and DuBois essay; online reading
“Why did Colorado Women Win Suffrage in 1893?”
Week 13 Armageddon
tues. 4/26 Final Drafts Due
thurs. 4/28 MP ch.7 “The 1890s: Economic Depression and Political Crisis”
Week 14 Jim Crow
tues. 5/3 MP ch.10 “Race and Power under Jim Crow”
thurs. 5/5 Woodward ch.4-afterword
Week 15 Empire
tues. 5/10 MP ch.9 “The Language of Empire”
thurs. 5/12 Final Exam