Spring semester 1999.
Class meets Tuesdays/Thursday 4:15-5:30 pm in 111 BOUCKE
Please note: I check my e-mail regularly, and this is an excellent way to get in touch with me if you have a quick question or if you want to make an appointment for a more substantial discussion.
This course explores the history of the state of Pennsylvania from earliest times through the present day.
Grading will be based on two midterm examinations and a comprehensive final, all of which will be in essay format. The two midterms will each carry 25 percent of the grade, while the final exam will carry fifty percent.
There is NO optional extra credit work.
Regular class attendance is of course expected, especially since lectures will include a lot that is not in the readings. I reserve the right to take attendance.
Deadlines matter, and I intend to enforce them strictly. If you miss a deadline without getting an extension in advance, you get a non-negotiable grade of F on that particular exam or project. Do not try getting in touch with me after the fact to explain why you missed an exam, unless you produce a proper medical note. Excuses must always be supported by documentation. Valid reasons include medical problems and the like. I am aware that ROTC sometimes makes strange demands on its members, and these reasons would be valid: but note that ROTC also provides documentation for these absences, which must be produced if you want to claim this as a reason for an extension.
The following are not valid reasons for an extension, so please don't ask:
"I have other exams that day" (so ask the other professors for the extension)
"I'm leaving early for break" (not if you want the grade, you're not)
Both are required
A History of Pennsylvania, by Philip Klein and Ari S. Hoogenboom, Penn State Press, 1980.
Hoods and Shirts, by Philip Jenkins, University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
SYLLABUS OF CLASSES
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 1-2
2. Jan 14.
The Quaker settlement
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 3-4
3. Jan. 19
Ethnic and religious groups
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 5-6
4. Jan. 21
Eighteenth century Philadelphia
5. Jan. 26
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 7-8
The Revolutionary War and Independence
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 9-10
7. Feb. 2
Constitutional and political struggles 1776-1850
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 11-12
8. Feb. 4
Religious developments 1790-1860.
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 13-14
9. Feb. 9
Crime, riot and conspiracy
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 15-16
10. Feb. 11
Political crisis 1840-1861; the coming of the Civil War
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 17-18
11. Feb. 16.
Industry 1875-1900: rail, coal, oil and steel
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 19
12. Feb. 18
The Age of the Molly Maguires.
13. Feb. 23
14. Feb. 25
The age of mass immigration 1880-1924
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 20
15. March 2
The new urban landscape
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 21
16. March 4
The new state and its justice system.
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 22
17. March 16.
FILM: Holy Pittsburgh
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 23
18. March 18.
Republican hegemony and its challengers
READ Jenkins, Hoods and Shirts, entire book
19. March 23.
World War one and afterwards
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 28
20. March 25.
The Klan in Pennsylvania
21. March 30.
The Crash and New Deal
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 24
22. April 1
Extremist movements 1926-1942
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 25
23. April 6.
World War Two
24. April 8.
Communism and Anti-Communism
25. April 13.
26. April 15.
Crisis and recovery 1950-1970
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapters 26-27
27. April 20.
Pennsylvania in the movies
28. April 22.
29. April 27.
READ Klein and Hoogenboom chapter 29
30. April 29.
Review. The state of the state in the nineties
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL IN FINAL EXAM WEEK, MAY 3-8