Local & Community Hist

SAME AS G65.1753

The scholarship of British Marxists like E.P. Thompson, which advocated for “bottom up” social history, influenced the emergence of local history and community history in the United States in the 1970s. We will explore the literature and practices of local history and of community history with a focus on New York City (with some arm-chair traveling to other locations). By reading some of the formative histories of different communities, we will examine the changing nature of “local” and of “community” given the evolving historical interpretations of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality. We will relate the scholarly literature to the practice of public history by evaluating the interpretation at various historical sites. Together, we will investigate how and why local and community history remain compelling and relevant today.

Explores changing definitions of ?local? and ?community? in light of contemporary historical interpretations. Focuses especially on differing historical methodologies and their impact on collecting and public history projects, considering such topics as unconventional evidence, material culture, museum interpretation, historical sites, and historical societies.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Gwynneth C Malin
R: 4:55 PM - 7:35 PM KJCC 701