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History and Memory [electronic resource]

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Explores the dynamic nature of historical practice and knowledge. Topics range from the reinterpretation of Christopher Columbus'journeys, and the civilization of the ancient Mayas, to an understanding of Luba culture and reasons for demolishing the national Korean museum. Peter Winn discusses the relationships between perspective, memory, and historical "truth" revealing that historians recognize there will always be multiple, contending versions of the past.
Online
2004
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Maps, Time and World History [electronic resource]

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Examines the use of geographical and chronological frameworks in the study of World History. Introduces the themes of the course, fundamental questions of how people and societies through time have experienced both "accelerating integration" as well as "proliferating differences." Discusses how world historians organize their studies through temporal frameworks like periodization, chronology, and sequencing. Historian, Ross Dunn, defines "big history," an approach to world history that examines and includes past events outside of the scope of human history, including biological, climactic, geological, and cosmological developments.
Online
2004
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Human Migrations [electronic resource]

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Based on recent studies in archaeology and linguistics, explores how and why early humans moved across Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. Concludes with Jerry H. Bentley's thoughts on the ever-evolving nature of our understanding of world history through the example of the Urumchi mummies of Western China.
Online
2004
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Regional Realism [electronic resource]

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Discusses the regional realism literary style that emerged after the Civil War, which was characterized by the use of regional dialects and criticism of American society. Explores the issues of racial and social inequality in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Discusses the complex African American characters of Charles W.Chesnutt's stories. Explores the issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Kate Chopin's writings.
Online
2003
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Poetry of Liberation [electronic resource]

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Examines the poets of liberation of the 1950, 60s, and 70s. Discusses Allen Ginsberg's "Howl", which criticizes the American status quo. Explores the political statements of Amiri Baraka's poems and his play, "Dutchman". Discusses Adrienne Cecile Rich's poetry, which challenges society's beliefs about women's roles.
Online
2003
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Social History [electronic resource]

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Introduces the discipline of social history, which focuses on the lives of ordinary people. Demonstrates how to find clues to personal histories in diaries, photos, music, and clothing. Illustrates how literature can be more fully understood when paired with social history artifacts that reflect the cultural norms of the time.
Online
2003
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Oral Histories [electronic resource]

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Oral histories can serve a dual role in the classroom: as a type of literature to be studied in itself and as artifacts that help explain other literary works. Focuses on how folk songs, interviews, and other oral histories provide alternative views of a text's cultural setting.
Online
2003
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New World Encounters [electronic resource]

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After introducing the team of historians who have created the series, Professor Miller reviews the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America and the explorations of Columbus, DeSoto and the Spanish.
Online
2000
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A New System of Government [electronic resource]

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Professor Maier focuses on the struggle to define a new system of government in the Constitution of the United States. The Republic survives a series of threats to its union culminating in the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4th, 1826.
Online
2000
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The Civil War [electronic resource]: 1861-1863

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As the Civil War rages, all eyes turn to Vicksburg, where limited war becomes total war. Professor Miller looks at the ferocity of the fighting, at Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the bitter legacy of the battle, and the war.
Online
2000
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America at Its Centennial [electronic resource]: 1876

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As America celebrates its centennial, five million people descend on Philadelphia to celebrate American technological achievements. In their assessment of where America is in 1876, Professor Miller and his team of historians perceive that some of the early principles of the Republic remain unrealized and the question of race in America has become a major divisive force.
Online
2000
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The Fifties [electronic resource]: 1945 - 1960

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Professor Miller continues the story of the second World War and the legacy of Americans dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Veterans return from the war to create new lives. The GI Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War and rock'n'roll are signs of the times.
Online
2000
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The Redemptive Imagination [electronic resource]

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Novelists Charles Johnson (Middle Passage), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Esmeralda Santiago (America's Dream), join Professor Miller in discussing the intersection of history and story. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. closes the series with a reflection on the power of the human imagination.
Online
2000
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Executive Privilege and Delegation of Powers [electronic resource]

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Examines the executive branch of government and its relationship to the legislative branch. Concludes that the framers of the Constitution were successful in protecting their democratic form of government by formulating this balance of power. To illustrate the balance of power, utilizes a hypothetical case centering on congressional attempts to review records of conversations between the President and his secretary of energy. Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, former President Gerald Ford, and Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, bring first-hand experience to this topic.
Online
1984
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War Powers and Covert Action [electronic resource]

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Examines how the President and Congress work together in war time and times of undercover activity, utilizing a hypothetical case involving the War Powers Resolution to explore whether the Consitution has, or has ever had, relevance in the implementation of foreign policy. Presented by former President Gerald Ford, the Honorable Edmund Muskie, and journalist Tom Wicker.
Online
1984
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Nomination, Election and Succession of the President [electronic resource]

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Explains the process by which a president is elected in the United States, from the role of political parties in nominating the President, the flexibility of the Electoral College when no candidate is clearly electable, and the governmental mechanisms set into motion when the President becomes disabled.
Online
1984
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Criminal Justice and a Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial [electronic resource]

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Examines the criminal justice system from a legal and social perspective. The seminar format features several attorneys who focus on legal ethics in their discussions of the right of the accused to a fair trial versus the right of society to take measures to assure public safety. Should a lawyer defend a guilty person? This and other questions are debated by Bronx district attorney, Mario Merola; New York mayor, Edward Koch; Dan Rather and others.
Online
1984
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Crime and Insanity [electronic resource]

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Utilizes a hypothetical political assassination as a vehicle for exploring the insanity defense and the controversy surrounding psychiatric testimony in the courtroom. Is psychiatric evaluation precise enough to be allowed as testimony in a court of law? U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Irving Kaufman; Hastings Center President Willard Gaylin, and others discuss the issues.
Online
1984
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Crime and Punishments [electronic resource]

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Examines questions about sentencing, what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, the purpose of prison, and the debate over the death penalty. U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director, Norman Carson; government leaders, civil libertarians and journalists discuss the issues.
Online
1984
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Immigration Reform [electronic resource]

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Examines criteria for admitting foreigners into the United States, employers' responsibilities in hiring undocumented persons, and the rights of legal and illegal immigrants. The issues are debated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, Arlin Adams; Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh and immigration officials and journalists.
Online
1984