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HIST 210 African American History

Instructor: Dr. Glenn Johnston

This course traces the struggles, accomplishments, and impact of Black Americans on the expansion of freedom around the world.  Focus will be on approximately 50 Black Marylanders, men and women, who changed history through their example.  The course will use photos, drawings, newspaper articles, and other primary sources in place of a traditional textbook.  Come explore the world of Blacks in the US from 1634-Present, including legislators, Buffalo Soldiers, smokejumpers, conductors on the Underground Railroad, astronauts, ship captains, Rosie the Riveters, nurses, journalists, pilots, surgeons, and explorers.  A mandatory, one day field trip will be required as part of the course.

HIST 211 Murder & Mayhem in Mobtown: A History of Crime in America

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Bodymore, Murderland, The Killing City...contemporary monikers for a city whose violent crime has consistently made national headlines; however, murder and mayhem have played a major role throughout Baltimore's history. Whether it was the beating to death of a Revolutionary war hero, setting people on fire, attacking soldiers in the streets during the Civil War, or ripping down buildings, Baltimoreans seem to have always been known for their violent streak. Tracing the evolution of violent crime in American history using Baltimore as its primary geographic focus, the course will examine the history of violent crime, riots and uprisings using various sources including newspaper articles, case studies and other online primary source documents. 

HIST 211: Forced Servitude at a Southern Plantation

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This course will examine slavery and, European indentured servitude in Maryland from 1745-1864. Issues associated with the common misunderstandings regarding enslavement and indentured servitude in Maryland will be addressed. Various Maryland venues will be studied with regard to the topic to include Hampton National Historic Site in Towson. Matters relating to how the National Park Service, interprets m  sensitive and sometimes controversial subject, matters at public historic sites will be addressed as well.  A one day mandatory field trip is associated with the course.

HIST 211:Pirates of the Atlantic World

Instructor: Dr. Jamie Goodall

Explore the myths and realities of those infamous rogues of the transatlantic world--pirates!  Our focus, will be on piracy in popular culture and how the pirates of our imagination compare to reality. Topics include shipwrecking,, tavern culture, gender/sexuality, slavery, class/status, and, pirates' impact on the micro-economies. We'll talk about those pirates we know like Blackbeard, Kidd, and Morgan, as well as the lesser known and nameless pirates who made up the vast majority placing them into the wider historical context of piracy which has existed from ancient times to the present. And, we will try to take the opportunity to visit Baltimore's very, own privateering ship the Pride of Baltimore II.

HIST 336: The American Civil War

Instructor: Joseph McGraw

This course will explore the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history and the revolution that accompanied that conflict. The America that emerged from the Civil War was radically different from the America of 1776-1860.   Few if any aspects of American life failed to be transformed by four years of bloody conflict.  Even the meaning of the American Revolution itself was transformed. Although these transformations were not completed between 1861-1865, they were set in motion in irreversible ways and laid the foundations of the America in which we live today. Race, gender, class conflict, the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the tensions between the ideals of freedom / liberty and equality, and so much more were wrestled with during the Civil War and are still being wrestled with today. This exploration will occur both in the classroom and on battlefields in Maryland.Experience the war, Experience the revolution!