American Classics

Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

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MIT Course Number

21H.105

As Taught In

Fall 2002

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

"What then is the American, this new man?" asked J. Hector St-John de Crèvecoeur in his Letters from an American Farmer in 1782. This subject takes Crèvecoeur's question as the starting point for an examination of the changing meanings of national identity in the American past. We will consider a diverse collection of classic texts in American history to see how Americans have defined themselves and their nation in politics, literature, art, and popular culture. As a communications-intensive subject, students will be expected to engage intensively with the material through frequent oral and written exercises.

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Capozzola, Christopher, and Louise Lepera. 21H.105 American Classics, Fall 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-105-american-classics-fall-2002 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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