What does it mean to know history?
To remember names and dates? To have them at the ready? To be able to tell a story? Be able to tell multiple, different stories? To interpret original sources? To know the origins of something? To make an argument? To know what matters? To evaluate and decide what matters?
In my classes, the answer to the question is all of the above. My goal in all of our class meetings is for us to make what we’ve read a part of ourselves (which does not mean we have to agree with what we’ve read!). We do that by recalling key examples and concepts, connecting them to things we know, using them to ask questions and evaluate arguments (sometimes about the things we thought we knew), and finally to build up our own arc of history, our own story and meaning, from everything we have learned.
History Courses at Oglethorpe University
American History to 1865
To Tell a Free Story: African American History to 1900
Steampunk America, 1865-1914
Slavery and Abolition in the New World
Resist: American Protest Traditions
Core Courses at Oglethorpe University
Historical Perspectives on the Social Order I
Historical Perspectives on the Social Order II