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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 exercises.

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 with 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. Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Shane J. Maddock, and Kenneth Hagan (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) and of the Brief Edition, 1st. ed. (2006). She has also written 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

Download an application (in Word). Instructions are included.


Download course syllabus

For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]

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, 2006-2008



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