Spring 2007 Course
"Gilded Age through World War II, 1877-1945"
Taught by Dr. Deborah Kisatsky of Assumption College
Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Class will meet at Assumption College, room TBA
Begins January 16, 2007
The course traces the American experience from 1877 (the end of
Reconstruction) to 1945 (the end of World War II) as the nation shifted
from a rural, agrarian society to an urban industrial one and in the
process acquired status as a world power. Political, as well as social
and cultural themes will be addressed, including the experiences of
laborers, immigrants, women, social elites, business entrepreneurs,
political leaders, and middle class reformers, all of whom struggled in
their own ways to adapt to the profound transformations confronting them.
Students will be immersed in the study of primary (historical) and
secondary (scholarly) sources, and class assignments will focus both on
enhancing an appreciation of the historical method and on finding ways to
translate complex historical concepts into usable classroom teaching
About the instructor
Dr. Deborah Kisatsky, an assistant professor of history at Assumption
College where she has taught since 2001, is one of the leading young
historians of American foreign policy and twentieth-century history. She
did her graduate work at the University of Connecticut and published her
dissertation as The United States and the European Right, 1945-1955
Ohio State University Press (2005) to glowing reviews. She is also
co-author of the standard textbook in U.S. diplomatic history, American
Foreign Relations: A History, 2 vols., 6th ed., with Thomas G.
J. Garry Clifford, Shane J. Maddock, and Kenneth Hagan (Houghton Mifflin,
2005) and of the Brief Edition, 1st. ed. (2006). She has also
several articles and given papers at numerous professional conferences.
Due to the nature of the Teaching American History grant, there is only
enough funding to pay for twenty teachers to take each offered
course/institute. Millbury and Sutton are allotted two spots each for each
offering. In the event that either district opts not to utilize one or
both spots for a particular offering, the spot(s) will go back to
Worcester. Since the number of participants in the program is limited,
preference will be given in the following order: people enrolled in the
M.Ed. in History program at Worcester State College, high school teachers
who teach United States History, grade 3 and 5 teachers who teach
Massachusetts/US History, and then other teachers who have applied.
The course is worth 3 graduate credits through Worcester State College.
One additional credit can be earned by completing two of the three
Saturday seminars, bringing the total earned credits for the semester to
4. However, Saturday seminars are also open to teachers who are not
enrolled in the course. The TAH grant will pay for the credits earned by
the participant for each institute, and books and other readings will be
supplied. Accepted participants will receive more information.
Applications are due by December 5, 2006
an application (in Word). Instructions are included.
For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or
Preference will be given to teachers from the
Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other
districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on
a waiting list.
TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars,
and Summer Institutes,