21H.105 American Classics

Spring 2006

People gather at the Lincoln Memorial for King's speech.
On August 28, 1963, people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech. "March on Washington, August 28, 1963." (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, U.S. News and World Report Photograph Collection, 1963. The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and descriptions of the assignments. It also includes archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This subject is devoted to reading and discussing basic American historical texts that are often cited but often remain unread, understanding their meaning, and assessing their continuing significance in American culture. Since it is a "Communications Intensive" subject, 21H.105 is also dedicated to improving students' capacities to write and speak well. It requires a substantial amount of writing, participation in discussions, and individual presentations to the class.
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Prof. Pauline Maier

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session