History 642

Proseminar in California History • Fall 2018

Lithograph entitled 'High and Dry' shows Gold Rush era ships dry docked in San Francisco and transformed into waterfront businesses, c. 1855 (Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley)

Seminar Schedule and Due Dates

Below you'll find a seminar calendar.

We will be reading six books (plus a few selections on iLearn). I've listed suggested reading goals for each week to help you pace yourself, so do plan accordingly. All assignments are listed in bold, and you can find further information about the those here.

If you prefer a PDF copy of the syllabus, you can access it via iLearn. But please note that the details are subject to change. You're advised to bookmark this page and check it frequently for updates.


Schedule

Week 1 –– Introduction to Ideas of the West

  • Aug 27: Discussion of course requirements and historiography of the American West
  • Aug 29: California Within the History of the West; Turner's Frontier Thesis

Week 2 –– Heroes, Villains, Freedom, and Opportunity

  • Sep 3: NO CLASS; LABOR DAY
  • Sep 5: Limerick, Examining Western Myths, Chaps 1, 4
    • Patricia Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest (CHAPS 1, 4)

Week 3 –– Diversity in the Story of California

  • Sep 10: Limerick, "Conquerors Meet Their Match," Chaps 6,7,8
  • Sep 12: LIBRARY WORKSHOP: Kendra Van Cleve, History Librarian
    • Patricia Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest (CHAPS 6, 7, 8)
    • RESPONSE 1: On Limerick, due on iLearn by midnight, SUNDAY, SEP 9

Week 4 –– Social World of the American West

  • Sep 17: Limerick, "Burdens of Western American History," Chap 10
  • Sep 19: Johnson, “Joaquin Murrieta and the Bandits” and “Rush”
    • Susan Lee Johnson, Roaring Camp (first half)

Week 5 –– Things You Never Knew About the Gold Rush; PAPER PROPOSAL DUE

  • Sep 24: Johnson, "Boom"
  • Sep 26: Johnson, "Bust" and "Telling Tales"; PAPER PROPOSAL DUE
    • Susan Lee Johnson, Roaring Camp (finish)
    • RESPONSE 2: On Johnson, due on iLearn by midnight, SUNDAY, SEP 23
    • ASSIGNMENT: PAPER PROPOSAL DUE IN CLASS

Week 6 –– Labor, Race, and Capitalism in San Francisco

  • Oct 1: INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS about TOPICS
  • Oct 3: Saxon, The Indispensable Enemy
    • Alexander Saxton, The Indispensable Enemy (all)
    • RESPONSE 3: On Saxton, due on iLearn by midnight, TUES, OCT 2

Week 7 –– California in the Hard Times

  • Oct 8: The Migrant Mother and California in the Depression
  • Oct 10: Gregory, American Exodus;
    • James Gregory, American Exodus (all)
    • RESPONSE 4: On Gregory, due on iLearn by midnight, TUES, OCT 9

Week 8 –– Arsenal of Democracy; PRIMARY SOURCE EXERCISE DUE

  • Oct 15: Marilynn S. Johnson, “War as Watershed”
  • Oct 17: Elizabeth Escobedo, “The Pachuca Panic”
  • PRIMARY SOURCE EXERCISE DUE
    • Marilynn S. Johnson, “War as Watershed” (JSTOR); Elizabeth Escobedo, “The Pachuca Panic” (JSTOR)
  • ASSIGNMENT: PRIMARY SOURCE EXERCISE DUE IN CLASS

Week 9 –– California, the Sixties, and the New Right

  • Oct 22: McGirr, Intro to Goldwater
  • Oct 24: McGirr, Grassroots to Conclusion
    • Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors (all)
    • RESPONSE 5: On McGirr, due on iLearn by midnight, SUNDAY, OCT 21

Week 10 –– The Black Promised Land

  • Oct 29: INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS about PRIMARY SOURCES
  • Oct 31: Sides, L.A. City Limits
    • Josh Sides, L.A. City Limits (all)
    • RESPONSE 6: On Sides, due on iLearn by midnight, TUES, OCT 30

Week 11 –– The New "Wild West"

  • Nov 5: Jeff Chang on Ice Cube
  • Nov 7: NO CLASS; Work on Drafts
    • Jeff Chang, “On Ice Cube’s ‘Black Korea’” (iLearn)

Week 12 –– Write, Write, Write

  • Nov 12: NO CLASS; VETERANS DAY
  • Nov 14: NO CLASS; Work on Drafts
    • ASSIGNMENT: DRAFT DUE on iLearn by midnight THURSDAY, Nov 15

Week 13 –– THANKSGIVING BREAK; NO CLASS Nov 19 - Nov 23

Week 14 –– Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

  • Nov 26: INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS about DRAFTS
  • Nov 28: INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS about DRAFTS

Week 15 –– Peer Reviews

  • Dec 3: Peer Review Group Meetings
  • Dec 5: Peer Review Group Meetings; PEER REVIEW DUE (2 copies)
    • ASSIGNMENT: PEER REVIEW DUE IN CLASS (2 copies – one to me, one to author)

Week 16 –– Presentations

  • Dec 10: Paper Presentations and Peer Comments
  • Dec 12: Paper Presentations and Peer Comments

Week 17 –– Conclusions

  • Dec 17: Paper Presentations and Peer Comments

FINAL PAPERS DUE BY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, by 4PM in HARD COPY in my mailbox in the History Main Office

Crate label for Hewes' Transcontinental Brand fruit, El Modena, California, c. 1930