Fall 2024  |  HIST 8910 Section 001: Topics in U.S. History -- Property and Power in American History, 1600-2020 (32589)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Discussion
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/03/2024 - 12/11/2024
Tue 03:35PM - 05:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Walter W Heller Hall 1229
Enrollment Status:
Open (11 of 12 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics not covered in regular courses.
Class Notes:
Topic: Property and Power in American History, 1600-2020 Property is the stuff of everyday life. Clothes, homes, keepsakes, ideas, pets and even our bodies - all that is owned. Property is also power. Across four centuries of American history, owning places, goods, animals, information and people has carried rights to control, consume, coerce and exclude. Possession and dispossession have defined freedom and dependency, peace and war, security and vulnerability. Property has not been a constant thing, however: its unstable rules and meanings have been frequently challenged, refashioned and overthrown. This seminar examines American history through the prism of property. We will explore dynamic social relationships, personal experience and political power bound up in ownership between 1600 and the near-present. Through this lens, we will read about and discuss topics including: slavery and servitude; crime and punishment; gender and households; capitalists and anti-capitalists; Indigenous customs and settler-colonialism practices; agriculture and industry; labor movements and conservative campaigns; common law and constitutional regimes; private rights and public regulation; material culture and the natural world. Drawing from multiple fields and subfields, the seminar is an opportunity to think with and against property's might in making America.
Class Description:
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Textbooks:
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