課程資訊
課程名稱
十九、二十世紀之交美國社會經濟史
Robber Barons and Muckrakers 
開課學期
109-2 
授課對象
文學院  歷史學研究所  
授課教師
瑪格莉特榮 
課號
Hist5409 
課程識別碼
123EU9500 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期一3,4,5(10:20~13:10) 
上課地點
博雅304 
備註
本課程以英語授課。
限學士班三年級以上
總人數上限:20人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1092Hist5409 
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課程概述

This course probes the dynamic world of late-19th and early 20th-century America, when gargantuan corporations muscled out partnerships and family firms; workers staged rebellions against the 1%; white supremacy, patriarchy and notions of civilization competed with egalitarian movements designed to uplift African Americans and women; and middle class reformers cried foul when American individualism appeared threatened by a new modern order they helped create. We will focus our attention on the tensions that erupted over a new American economy based upon mass production and consumption, and specifically the conflict that ensued over the boundaries between public and private power; individualism and community; and democracy and capitalism. Throughout this period, Americans asked critical questions about the relationship of government to society and the nature of its responsibilities and obligations to American citizens at a time when individual opportunity seemed threatened by the emergence of large corporations. Our aim in this course is to untangle the meaning of these developments both for the Americans experiencing them at the time and the Americans (and others) who have been forced to grapple with their consequences ever since then. 

課程目標
In this course, we shall work to:
o Map the causes and effects of corporate capitalism, including its role in redefining a social contract and structuring culture, social relations, and politics.
o Compare the experiences of diverse groups of Americans during a period of intense and rapid economic and social change.
o Interrogate and interpret primary and secondary sources relating to the era.
o Construct and articulate logical arguments based upon evidence.
 
課程要求
attendance at class and participation in class discussion 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
每週三 15:10~15:40
每週三 11:20~12:00
每週一 13:10~14:10 備註: College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 221 
參考書目
待補 
指定閱讀
Please see the weekly contents. 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
 
No.
項目
百分比
說明
1. 
Participation 
10% 
Participation grades will be based upon attendance, thoughtful contributions to class discussion and preparation.  
2. 
Primary Source Analysis Essays 
30% 
Students will compose six short essays that develop an analysis of individual primary sources. The assignments will be scaffolded so that we build to ever-more sophisticated and contextualized interpretations of our sources.  
3. 
Bellamy Paper 
15% 
Students will write a brief paper (3-5 pages, double-spaced) that addresses a prompt on the novel, Looking Backward, 1887-2000 by Edward Bellamy.  
4. 
Response Paper 
15% 
Students will write one response paper to a secondary source reading. The paper will require them to address a prompt and will encourage the development of a thesis with accompanying evidence to support it. 
5. 
Oral Presentation  
10% 
Students will practice their English and oral presentation skills by preparing a short talk on one or more primary documents. Presentations will be made conference-style, and thus, students will be grouped onto panels. Each student on the panel will have an allotted time for a presentation and then the entire panel will field questions from their classmates and professor.  
6. 
Final Exam  
20% 
Students will take a final exam that will assess their mastery of key terms and topics in late 19th and early 20th century American history; ability to analyze primary sources; and ability to synthesize material in an essay that includes an argument with evidence. 
 
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
第1週
2/22  Introduction. 
第2週
3/01  Introduction.
Jay Gould’s America: Railroads, the Second Industrial Revolution and Corporate Capitalism.

Reading/Activity:
o Analyze images of, and quantitative data on, railroads
 
第3週
3/08  Booms, Busts and Robber Barons

Reading/Activity:

o Film excerpt: The Gilded Age (PBS American Experience)
o Primary Source: Bellamy, Looking Backward, preface, chaps. 1-8 [note: if there is an introduction to the edition you are reading, please read that as well.]
o Primary Source: William Steinway, “Workers Prosper as Industry Grows,”1883
o Primary Source: Journalist Henry Demarest Lloyd Exposes the Standard Oil Monopoly, 1881
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #1 (in class)
 
第4週
3/15  John D. Rockefeller’s America

Reading/Activity:
o Film excerpt: The Rockefellers (PBS)
o Primary Source: Bellamy, Looking Backward, chaps. 9-16
o Primary Source: “Henry George Dissects the Paradox of Capitalist Growth” (1879)
o Analyze political cartoons on monopolies/Standard Oil
 
第5週
3/22  Edward Bellamy’s America: Technology and Corporate Culture

Reading/Activity:
o Film excerpt: The Gilded Age (PBS American Experience)
o Analyze images of technology/machines
o Primary Source: “Technology Enshrined at the World’s Fair,” 1876
o Primary Source: Bellamy, Looking Backward, chaps. 17-22
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #2 Due
 
第6週
3/29  Edward Bellamy’s America: Class and Corporate Culture

Reading/Activity:
o Sean Cashman, “Industrial Spring: America in the Gilded Age”
o Primary Source: Bellamy, Looking Backward, chaps. 23-28
o Primary Source: “Male and Female Telegraph Operators Go on Strike, 1907”
o Analyze images and sources on working and middle class life
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #3 Due
 
第7週
4/05  Francis Willard’s and John Lynch’s America: Political and Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age

Reading/Activity:
o Analyze late 19th-early 20th century political cartoons
o Charles Calhoun, “The Political Culture: Public Life and the Conduct of Politics.”
o Primary Source: “Free-Thinker Robert G. Ingersoll Waves the Bloody Shirt” (c. 18xx)
o Primary Source: “The Omaha Platform”
o Assignment: Bellamy Paper Due
 
第8週
4/12  John Wanamaker’s America: The Department Store and the Rise of a Consumer Society

Reading/Activity:
o William Leach, “Transformations in a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1890-1925”
o Primary Source: “Theodore Dreiser’s Carrie Discovers the Department Store” (1900)
o Analyze photographs and the layout of department stores
 
第9週
4/19  Midterm Exam 
第10週
4/26  Albert and Lucy Parsons’ America: From a Producer to a Consumer Nation

Reading/Activity:
o Primary Source: Knights of Labor, Constitution Preamble, 1878
o Primary Source: Industrial Workers of the World, Preamble, 1908
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #4 Due
 
第11週
5/03  Ida B. Wells’ America: The 1890s

Reading/Activity:
o Nell Irvin Painter, “The Depression of the 1890s”
o Primary Source: “The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Segregation: Plessy v. Ferguson” (1896)
o Primary Source: Excerpt from Wells, The Red Record and Southern Horrors
o Assignment: Response Paper to Painter Due
 
第12週
5/10  Theodore Roosevelt’s America: Civilization and Imperialism

Reading/Activity:
o Gail Bederman, “Theodore Roosevelt and the Strenuous Life”
o Primary Source: T. Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life” (excerpt) OR “Theodore Roosevelt Links War in the Philippines to the Ideal of the Strenuous Life” (1899)
o Primary Source: “Albert Beveridge Defends U.S. Imperialism” (1900)
o Primary Source: “William Jennings Bryan Opposes U.S. Occupation of the Philippines” (1900)
o Analyze images/political cartoons on imperialism
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #5 Due
 
第13週
5/17  Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s America: Manhood and Womanhood

Reading/Activity:
o Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, “Whiteness and Manhood”
o Primary Source: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman Seeks to Extricate Women from the Trap of Consumption” (1899)
o Primary Source: “Mary Church Terrell Praises the Club Work of Colored Women” (1901)
o Primary Source: “The Supreme Court Accepts Limits on Working Women’s Hours: Muller v. Oregon” (1908)
o Assignment: Primary Source Essay #6 Due
 
第14週
5/24  Florence Kelly’s and Jacob Riis’s America: Socialism, the Social Gospel and Settlement Houses

Reading/Activity:
o Robert Westbrook, “Lewis Hine and the Two Faces of Progressive Photography”
o Podcast: Retropod “The Photographer Who Helped End Child Labor in America”
o Primary Source: “Socialist Reformer Robert Hunter Decries Murder by Tenement” (1908)
o Primary Source: Edward Devine, “The Right View of the Child” (1908)
o Analyze photographs by Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis
o Assignment: Oral Presentations
 
第15週
5/31  Ida Tarbell’s and William Monroe Trotter’s America: The Muckraking Tradition

Reading/Activity:
o Primary Source: Ida Tarbell, Excerpt from The History of the Standard Oil Company
o Primary Source: “Lincoln Steffens Exposes the Corruption of Municipal Politics” (1904)
o Film Clip, Birth of a Movement (documentary on William Monroe Trotter)
o Assignment: Oral Presentation
 
第16週
6/07  Standing at Armageddon in America: The Election of 1912

Reading/Activity:
o Primary Source: Theodore Roosevelt, “A Charter of Democracy” (1912)
o Primary Source: T. Roosevelt Letters to Swift, Kelley and Addams
o Primary Source: Robert LaFollette, “Speech at Jamestown, North Dakota” (1912)
o Primary Source: Woodrow Wilson, “Speech at Pueblo, Colorado” (1912)
o Primary Source: Eugene Debs, “Opening Speech of the Campaign” (1912)
o Assignment: Oral Presentation
 
第17週
6/14  Woodrow Wilson’s America: Progressivism, Efficiency and Race

Reading/Activity:
o Eric Yellin, Racism in the Nation’s Service (excerpt)
o Eric Foner, “Freedom and the Progressive State”
o Podcast: Retropod, “How Hollywood’s First Major Blockbuster Revived the KKK”
o Primary Source: “A U.S. Divisional Commander in Kansas Counsels Against Race Discussions” (1918)
o Primary Source: Charles Hamlin Diary, Segregation in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (excerpts), (1914)
o Assignment: Oral Presentation
 
第18週
  Final Exam