The Era of Theodore Roosevelt

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The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, the final years of the nineteenth century and opening decades of the twentieth, gave birth to the modern United States. As Americans knit together national markets for goods and national audiences for cultural products like film and recorded music, they created new instruments of governmental power, undertook a constitutional revolution (four amendments in a single decade) and fashioned a new role for the United States in the world. At the same time, city growth and mass immigration changed the face, and the faces—of the nation, initiating conflicts over and efforts to deal with diversity that continue to shape American life.

Bruce J. Schulman is the William E. Huntington Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of three books and editor of five others: From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt (NY: Oxford University Press, 1991); Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 1994); and The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Politics, and Society (NY: Free Press, 2001). The New York Times named The Seventies one of its Notable Books of the Year for 2001. An anthology of essays, co-edited with Julian Zelizer, entitled Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, was published by Harvard University Press in March 2008, and another, The Constitution and Public Policy, by Pennsylvania University Press in 2009. He has also edited Making the American Century, (Oxford University Press, 2014), Recapturing the Oval Office, (co-edited with Brian Balogh, Cornell University Press, 2015), and Faithful Republic (co-edited with Andrew Preston and Julian Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Reading List

Required readings will be from the following books:

Kathleen Dalton, Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life
Karl Jacoby, Crimes against Nature
Walter LaFeber, The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations, Volume 2, The American Search for Opportunity
William Link and Susannah Link, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Documentary Reader
Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent
Sidney Milkis, Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy
Eric Rauchway, Blessed among Nations
Daniel Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings
Warren Susman, Culture As History
David Stradling, Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts
Lillian Wald, The House on Henry Street

Course Section Numbers (CRNs) for this course, HI 522

Use these CRN codes to register for this course, HI 522, on the Adams State University web page starting July 1.

CRN 12229, Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Seman
CRN 12230, Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Seman
CRN 12231, Instructor: Dr. Paul Kahan
CRN 12232, Instructor: Dr. Jeremy Maxwell
CRN 12233, Instructor: Dr. Rhonda Jones

Course Structure

The course syllabus and will be made available when the course site opens on August 21. 

The course will run from August 21 to December 15. It includes 12 pre-recorded lecture sessions of approximately one hour each and two live Q&A sessions of one hour each with the lead scholar. Q&A sessions will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will be recorded and archived so that those who cannot participate live can watch later.

Each Gilder Lehrman Online Course has a Lead Scholar and Instructors. Frequently, courses also feature guest speakers. Instructors, each of whom has earned a PhD in American history, are responsible for all grading and for facilitating discussion.

The typical workload for online courses is 8 to 10 short response papers and one longer project completed in stages during the semester. Reading assignments are 150-250 pages. Students will also be required to participate in online discussion forums each week.