HIS*111*10 Description

Introduction to History

The Underground Railroad is a subject rich in legend. But the Underground Railroad did exist and the reality is more interesting than the fiction, and demonstrates one of history's best examples of interracial cooperation, as well as civil disobedience. Blacks and whites in the loosely organized agency were united by a common opposition to slavery and a desire to help individual slaves become free--and a willingness to break the law to do so. This course introduces students to the discipline of history by exploring compelling themes or problems in history. Through study of different topics, each section instructor will teach students the core methodological skills of historical analysis and interpretation. Students are expected to appreciate differing interpretations of the same historical questions. Students will study appropriate primary and secondary sources in the field, and learn the basic analytical and writing skills historians use to interpret the past.