HISTORY 4953-AMERICAN STUDIES 4823
CLASS: TU & TH 10:00-11:15 MH 4.02.40
PROFESSOR CATHERINE CLINTON OFFICE: MH 4.03.46
email@example.com OFFICE HOURS: 2-4 P.M. TUESDAY
The History Department Office is located in MH 4.04.06/4.04.07 and is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Andrea Trease, Senior Administrative Associate, and Dr. Gregg Michel, Chair, are available at (210) 458-4033 or firstname.lastname@example.org and will be happy to tell you more about the programs and to answer your questions. See our Department Website at the following URL address: http://colfa.utsa.edu/history/.
Students are expected to follow citation and references for your final research essay, as specified in the Chicago Manual of Style. http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
Careful and exact adherence can prevent plagiarism—which will not be tolerated.
If you are uncertain about a citation or reference, please consult the Instructor.
Any work submitted which is plagiarized will result in an F for the assignment, and may result in failing the course.
The UTSA common syllabus LINK is available for your convenience:
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*Mar. 21: Last day for both undergraduate and graduate students to drop an individual class via ASAP and receive an Automatic “W”
*Apr. 27: Last for all students to drop all classes and receive an Automatic “W” for each course
AMERICAN ICONS will examine major events within the past one hundred years shaping what scholars in recent years have come to call “the American Century” and how certain images/institutions/symbols/ persons have become icons, representing values, ideas, a set of both which have come to represent certain aspects of America.
The way in which particular icons have come to represent an ideological as well as practical representation of US culture may be explored. The iconography of American culture & biography as well as ideology will frame the historical analysis for this course, and focus on appreciation of cultural imperialism and assimilation within contemporary society.
This module is being linked with classrooms abroad through a template developed at Temple University in Philadelphia. We will be COMMUNICATING via a blog with students from other network universities: the University of Angers, France. All students are expected to participate in an online site and to maintain weekly updating.
Questions to think about:
What is an icon?
How does something or someone become an icon?
What power does an icon have?
How do icons circulate?
How does the meaning of an icon change over time?
You will need to keep up with the readings, share your insights with the class (again in the classroom and on-line), and complete a variety of different kinds of assignments meant to get you to think about and understand the basics ideas associated with American culture.
|ERIC FONER||THE STORY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM|
|F. SCOTT FITZGERALD||THE GREAT GATSBY|
|JOY CASSON||Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory and Popular History|
|MARK KINGWELL||NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN:
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING & AMERICAN DREAMS
|MARY CROSS||A CENTURY OFAMERICAN ICONS|
|BRYANT SIMON||BOARDWALK OF DREAMS|
|KAREN COX||DREAMING OF DIXIE|
ERIC FONER’S STORY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM.
(should provide a foundation for your understanding of the topics we discuss—)
in addition, Mary Cross’s work should provide stimulating visual material.
READINGS ARE DIVIDED INTO REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL—
PLEASE COMPLETE REQUIRED READING IN ADVANCE OF TUESDAYS (Unless specified for a Thursday discussion)
AND COME TO TUESDAY CLASS PREPARED FOR DISCUSSION OF WEEKLY READINGS.
Other useful Readings are available on the AMERICAN ICONS PAGE
–for example, downloadable articles are located on the right hand column—bottom right:
AMERICAN ICONS BLOG:
Professor Bryant Simon, Temple University will add you to the module blog and
you will be in dialogue with students from across the globe (Past and present)
IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, CONTACT ME FIRST—
PROFESSOR SIMON IS OUR LAST STOP ON THE TROUBLE TRAIN….
Students will attend and contribute to Tuesday tutorial discussion: 10%
Students will write four contributions to online discussion board for assessment: 40%
Students will prepare a TEN MINUTE oral presentation on an individually selected ICON: 10%
Students will prepare a joint posting on an icon with a partner: 10%
Students will prepare a 2,500-3,000-word research essay: 30%
10% ATTENDANCE AND CLASS PARTICIPATION
You will also need to communicate and participate on the CLASS DISCUSSION BOARD FOR THE MODULE, AS WELL AS THE website – AmericanIconsTemple on wordpress — https://americaniconstemeple.wordpress.com/
Participation will be graded on a basis according to the following formula–the quality and thoughtfulness of the questions you ask, and how you help move the discussion and help others see things in new and different ways:
A Present, Fully Prepared, Contributing,
B+ Present and Prepared and Contributing
C Present and not contributing
D Present and not contributing at all (disinterested)
F Repeated Absence or Lack of contribution
PLEASE DO REQUIRED READING IN CORE TEXT AND INCORPORATE SOME OF THE OPTIONAL READINGS INTO YOUR FINAL PROJECTS—this will be evaluated as an important exercise. STUDENTS MAY FIND IT USEFUL TO CONSULT THE ARCHIVES OF THE TEMPLE AMERICAN ICON BLOG for additional insights and guidance to sources.
IN ADDITION, A VALUABLE ONLINE RESOURCE IS FOUND AT
A RADIO SERIES DEDICATED TO AMERICAN ICONS at
Kurt Andersen’s Studio 360
ONLINE POSTINGS 40%
FINAL UPLOAD OF COMBINED ASSIGNMENTS:
DUE BY THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH, NOON.
ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO POST ASSIGNMENTS BY FIVE P.M. ON MONDAY
THE DAY BEFORE TUESDAYS CLASS MEETING:
THESE POSTINGS MUST BE PUT ON THE DISCUSSION BOARD FOR THE COURSE—THEY MUST BE CUT AND PASTED ONTO BOARD—not uploaded as a document.
AT LEAST ONE FINAL SHARED POSTING MUST BE PUT UP ON THE TEMPLE ICONS BLOG PAGE—THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE.
KEEP A COPY OF A WORD DOCUMENT FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT—AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER, YOU CAN SELECT THREE OF YOUR ASSIGNMENTS TO COMBINE INTO A SINGLE DOCUMENT TO UPLOAD FOR A FINAL MARKED ASSESSMENT.
DUE BY THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH, NOON.
ORAL ASSIGNMENT: 10%
FOR ORAL REPORTS, Weeks XIII & XIV: April 19 & 21, 26TH & 28th
STUDENTS WILL DELIVER A TEN MINUTE ORAL REPORT ON AN AMERICAN ICON OF THEIR CHOICE (INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL REQUIRED) DURING WEEK 13 or 14…YOU WILL BE ASSESSED ON FACTORS WHICH WILL INCLUDE: EYE CONTACT, CLARITY, VERBAL ABILITY, VISUAL OR OTHER AIDS, TOPIC CONTENT.
No student will be allowed to exceed the ten minutes allotted for his/her report.
BLOG POST WITH A PARTNER: 10%
DUE BY LAST WEEK OF CLASS: APRIL 28TH.
30% FINAL RESEARCH ESSAY:
DUE NOON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4.
2,500-3,000 words. Please keep to the word count AND FOLLOW:
WRITE AN ESSAY ON AMERICAN ICON OF YOUR CHOICE (INSTRUCTOR APPROVED TOPIC). A LIST OF SUITABLE ICONS ARE LISTED AT THE END OF THE SYLLABUS.
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PROPOSE YOUR FINAL RESEARCH TOPIC FOR YOUR ORAL REPORT/WEBSITE PAGE— PREPARE A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF 5-10 RESOURCES.SUBMIT ON DISCUSSION BOARD. ALL TOPICS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL. SUBMIT TOPICS BY MONDAY, MARCH 20TH AT 5:00 P.M.
WEEKLY READINGS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR TUESDAY’S CLASS.
Introduction TO AMERICAN ICONS
JAN 11 (Intro)
WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE
AMERICA AS AN ICON:
WEEKLY ASSIGNMENT: Find an Icon which you think represents America…Post it with a short (50 word description) (NOT FOR ASSESSMENT)
JAN 18 UNCLE SAM
JAN 20 STATUE OF LIBERTY
REQUIRED Reading & VIEWING
- “UNCLE SAM” http://xroads.virginia.edu/~cap/sam/sam.htm
“Famous Americans”: The Changing Pantheon of American Heroes
Sam Wineburg and Chauncey Monte-Sano
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org.queens.ezp1.qub.ac.uk/stable/25095326
Kemp on Icons (Temple American Icons blog—right column)
THEMES: PROGRESS & HERITAGE
BACKGROUND READING: Eric Foner, Story of American Freedom,
Chapter Seven “Progressive Freedom” & Chapter Eight, “The Birth of Civil Liberties”
BLOG POST (250-500 WORDS)
DISCUSS HOW DOES A BUILDING BECOME AN ICON—WHAT TURNS IT FROM JUST A STRUCTURE OR PLACE INTO A SYMBOL.
KINGWELL’S NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN
(NO CLASS FEBRUARY 4TH)
Required Reading: JOY KASSON Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory and Popular History
MARY CROSS, “INTRO, 1900-1930”
AMERICAN CENTURY SYMBOLS
(BLOG POST: 250-500 WORDS)
PICK AN ADVERTISEMENT FROM MARY CROSS 1900-1930.
COMMENT ON THE ICONIC ASPECTS OF YOUR CHOICE.
REQUIRED READING: FITZGERALD’S THE GREAT GATSBY
FEBRUARY 9: THE GREAT GATSBY
NEW YORK TIMES online archive
FEBRUARY 11: THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Readings for Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb. 12)
LINCOLN MEMORIAL & “American Freedom”
Raymond Arsenault, The sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America.
EXAMINE AND COMMENT ON ONE OF NORMAN ROCKWELL’S FOUR FREEDOMS ILLUSTRATIONS. PLEASE INTERWEAVE SOME OF THE MATERIAL YOU HAVE READ FROM FONER INTO YOUR RESPONSE.
Eric Foner, Story of American Freedom,
Chapter Nine “The New Deal and the Redefinition of Freedom”
Chapter Ten “FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM”
AMERICA IN THE WORLD
ASSIGNMENT V: (500-1000 words)
PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW either SUPERMAN OR ROSIE THE RIVETER–IMAGINARY ICONS, SYMBOLIC OF AMERICA–REFLECT ISSUES OF MASCULINITY OR FEMININITY IN MID-20TH CENTURY AMERICA.
2013 style: http://www.hasbro.com/gijoe/en_US/
Rosie the Riveter
Boehm, Carl. “Superman: The Myth Through the Christ and the Revelation”. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 11 (3 (43)). [Brian Attebery, as Editor, for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts]: 2000: 236–44.
Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (New York: Basic Books, 1990)
Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (New York: Knopf, 2014)
MUSIC AND ICONOGRAPHY
FONER, Chapter Eleven “COLD WAR FREEDOM”
CAN A SONG BE AN AMERICAN ICON?
NOMINATE A SONG AND DISCUSS HOW AND WHY IT BEST REPRESENTS AMERICA. (500 WORDS)
Gillian Welch, “Elvis Presley Blues,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JstFQt8k4_Q
PETER GURALNICK, ELVIS PRESLEY (PDF)
TEMPLE AMERICAN ICONS—DOWNLOAD.
“Elvis Presley and Racism,” http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml
Peter Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis
David Margolick, Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
Rock and Revolution: An Interview with El Vez, the Mexican Elvis
Susan Larson and Robert López
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Vol. 1, (1997), pp. 141-152
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Mary Cross: 1940s/50s/60s & Foner, Story of American Freedom, 12: SIXTIES FREEDOM
ASSIGNMENT VII: FIND AN IMAGE FOR AN
ABSTRACT CONCEPT TO POST ON THE CLASS DISCUSSION BOARD.
NOMINATE YOUR OWN AMERICAN ICON &
PROVIDE SOME BACKGROUND AND
WHY YOU SELECTED IT. (500 WORDS MAXIMUM)
Required Reading: Bryant Simon, Boardwalk Dreams
Required reading and viewing:
TEMPLE ICONS wordpress blog:
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PROPOSE YOUR FINAL RESEARCH TOPIC FOR YOUR ORAL REPORT/WEBSITE PAGE— PREPARE A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF 5-10 RESOURCES.SUBMIT ON DISCUSSION BOARD. ALL TOPICS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL.
SPRING BREAK: Finish Reading Cross, 1970s/80s/90s
SUBMIT TOPICS BY email to Professor Clinton MONDAY, MARCH 21st AT 5:00 P.M.
MARCH 22 & MARCH 24
MUHAMMED ALI & ROSA PARKS
“Today in History, December 1: Rosa Parks Arrested.”
Library of Congress. < http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec01.html >. 15 Jan. 2013.
Hafiz, Amina. 2005. “Rosa Parks: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement: 1913 – 2005”. Off Our Backs 35 (9/10). off our backs, inc.: 10–10.
The Rosa Parks Story: The Making of a Civil Rights Icon
Black Camera, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Spring 2012), pp. 31-50
Published by: Indiana University Press
Article DOI: 10.2979/blackcamera.3.2.31
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org.queens.ezp1.qub.ac.uk/stable/10.2979/blackcamera.3.2.31
MUHAMMED ALI: THE GREATEST,
WELCOME BACK TO IRELAND: MUHAMMED O’ALI
DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, ROSA PARKS
DISCUSSION OF ORAL REPORTS AND RESEARCH ESSAY TOPICS THIS WEEK.
Required Reading: KAREN COX, Dreaming of Dixie
Anthony Harkins, Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon (2004)
Chris Williams, Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music (2007)
APRIL 5TH—NO CLASS
APRIL 7TH–SKYPE MEETINGS WITH PROFESSOR CLINTON:
(WORK ON YOUR GROUP ICON, WORK ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS AND FINAL RESEARCH TOPIC)
PRESENTATIONS: 4-5 PER CLASS
PRESENTATONS: 3-4 PER CLASS
30% RESEARCH ESSAY: DUE NOON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
2,500-3,000 words. Please keep to the word count AND FOLLOW:
WRITE A FINAL RESEARCH ESSAY ON AN AMERICAN ICON OF YOUR CHOICE FROM THE LIST OF APPROVED TOPICS –OR CONSULT WITH PROFESSOR CLINTON.
MARTIN LUTHER KING
THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN
WIZARD OF OZ (FILM)
GONE WITH THE WIND (BOOK OR FILM)
MCDONALD’S GOLDEN ARCHES
THE PINUP GIRL
THE LIBERTY BELL
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
WOODY GURTHRIE’S “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND”