Philadelphia Story: Public Histories in the City

What stories can a city relate? What historical clues might we find within and beneath urban streets? Whose pasts might we uncover?

Philadelphia Story: Public Histories in the City (D/DN, H)

Using Philadelphia as our guide, this course explores the American nation’s layered pasts. Course topics include William Penn’s first encounter with Native peoples; the city’s role in the founding of the United States and the negotiation of the politics of slavery and freedom; and the historical foundations and development of modern incarceration. Central to discussions will be the analysis of documentary and material sources as well as questions of memory, public history, and historical preservation. Through field trips and course work, students will interrogate the construction of contemporary historical sites in order to better understand a place, a nation, and the diverse array of people therein. Note: Students who have completed HIST-220 may not register for HIST-226.

See Historical Sites Yourself

This course offers the chance to see sites such as: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Museum of the American Revolution, Washington’s Slave Quarters. Through these visits and more, students will gain knowledge of how and why historical memories of places and people are made in the first place.

Fulfill the “Diversity and Inequality” and/or “Humanities” Requirement(s)

This course satisfies the core curriculum’s Diversity or Humanities requirement.

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For more information about this course, please contact Prof. Lori Daggar.