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.