American Classics

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.)


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Spring 2006



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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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In this subject, students read, discuss, and write about critical works in American history from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Details like assigned readings vary from year to year.

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Pauline Maier. 21H.105 American Classics. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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