Michael O'Malley
Robinson B337


Week I, Aug. 31: Introduction

Week 2, Sept 7: Discuss Hofstadter, The Age of Reform.

Suggested additional readings: Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics; David Brown, Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography; Louis Hartz, The Liberal Tradition in America.

Week 3, Sept 14: No class meeting: read Rosenberg, Trial of the Assassin Guiteau for discussion next week

Week 4, Sept. 21: Discuss Elliot, Color Blind Justice
Recommended: Eric Foner, Short History of Reconstruction andMichael Perman, “Eric Foner's Reconstruction

Week 5, Sept. 28: Discuss Nick Salvatore, Eugene Debs, Citizen and Socialist
Recommended: Daniel Rodgers, "Republicanism: the Career of a Concept,"

Week 6, Oct. 5: Discuss Postel, The Populist Vision

Recommended: Lawrence Goodwyn, The Populist Moment, and Michael O'Malley, “O’Malley’s Utopian Banking Scheme.”

Week 7, Oct. 12: Mathew Frye Jacobson, Barbarian Virtues, and Kristin Hoganson, Manliness and Civilization

Recommended: Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization; John Kasson, Houdini, Tarzan and the Perfect Man

Week 7, Oct. 19: Amy Louise Wood, Lynching and Spectacle and James Allen, Without Sanctuary

Recommended: Joel Williamson, A Rage for Order; Stewart Tolnay and E. M. Beck, A Festival of Violence

Week 8, Oct. 26: Foucault, History of Sexuality v. 1

Recommended: Cynthia Russett, Sexual Science; Mark Philp, Michel Foucault” in Skinner ed., The Return of Grand Theory to the Human Sciences.

Week 9, Nov. 2: Miles Orvell, The Real Thing and Alan Sekula, “The Body and the Archive

Recommended, Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Week 10, Nov. 9: McGovern, Sold American and Lawrence W. Levine, "The Folklore of Industrial Society;” T. J. Jackson Lears , “Making Fun of Popular Culture,” and Lawrence W. Levine, “Levine Responds

Week 11, Nov. 16: Ben Singer, Melodrama and Modernity

Week 12, Nov. 23: Kathy Piess, Cheap Amusements

Week 13, Nov. 30: Robert Kanigel, The One Best Way, and Walter Benn Michaels, “An American Tragedy, or the Promise of American Life.”

Week 14, Dec. 7 Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent, and Daniel Rodgers, “In Search of Progressivism” Online