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21H.104J / 11.015J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History, Fall 2004

Boston tea party.

Historic drawing of the Boston Tea Party. (Image courtesy of the Freedom Trail Foundation.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive readings list and a full description of the course assignments.

Course Description

This course uses readings and discussions to focus on a series of short-term events that shed light on American politics, culture, and social organization. It emphasizes finding ways to make sense of these complicated, highly traumatic events, and on using them to understand larger processes of change in American history. The class also gives students experience with primary documentation research through a term paper assignment.


Prof. Robert Fogelson
Prof. Pauline Maier

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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