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1. The COMPREHENSIVE EXAM for teacher education students and the FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAM for MA students will be held on (TBA) in the history dept conference room. Students have 3 hours for the TEP exam and 90 minutes for the language exam. In order to register for the exams, contact Prof Rosenberg via e-mail: jonathan.rosenberg@aol.com

TEP - Social Studies: United States history

TEP - Social Studies: Non-U.S./World history


M.A. - T.E.P. in Adolescence Education

Note to students in the Teachers of Adolescent Education – Social Studies Program:

The history department has changed the comprehensive exam for students in the Teachers of Adolescent Education – Social Studies Program. The new exam, which will have two parts rather than three, will be given for the first time in fall 2010.

One part of the revised exam will focus on U.S. History and the other part will focus on themes and areas distinct from the United States. The exam, which will be given twice a year, will require students to write two essays, one on U.S. history and the other on non-U.S. history. The essay questions will draw on the revised reading lists, which are available on the department Web-site. One reading list focuses on U.S. history, the other on the non-U.S. field. In writing the exam essays, students are expected to be conversant in the literature on the reading lists and to cite works from both lists. If there are any questions about the readings or the revised exam, the history department encourages students to speak with members of the history faculty.

United States history (rev. 04/10)

Bibliography

The current theme for Fall exam is: FREEDOM.

READING LIST FOR THE US SECTION OF THE TEACHER EDUCATION EXAM (REVISED MAY 2013). This list will be in effect for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. TEP exam dates for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters have not yet been announced.

Note: as an introductory text, read Eric Foner, THE STORY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM.

I. EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY

Ira Berlin and Ronald Hoffman, eds., SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN THE AGE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

Mark Kruman, BETWEEN AUTHORITY AND LIBERTY: STATE CONSTITUTION-MAKING IN REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA.

Edmund Morgan, AMERICAN SLAVERY, AMERICAN FREEDOM: THE ORDEAL OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA.

Gary Nash, THE UNKNOWN AMERICAN REVOLUTION: THE UNRULY BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY AND THE STRUGGLE TO CREATE AMERICA.

II. SPEECH

Geoffrey R. Stone, PERILOUS TIMES: FREE SPEECH IN WARTIME FROM THE SEDITION ACT OF 1798 TO THE WAR ON TERROR.

Richard Polenberg, FIGHTING FAITHS: THE ABRAMS CASE, THE SUPREME COURT, AND FREE SPEECH.

Richard W. Steele, FREE SPEECH IN THE GOOD WAR.

Ellen Schrecker, MANY ARE THE CRIMES: McCARTHYISM IN AMERICA.

Mary Dudziak, WAR TIME: AN IDEA, ITS HISTORY, ITS CONSEQUENCES.

III. LABOR, RACE, ETHNICITY

James Green, DEATH IN THE HAYMARKET: A STORY OF CHICAGO, THE FIRST LABOR MOVEMENT, AND THE BOMBING THREAT THAT DIVIDED GILDED AGE AMERICA.

Nelson Lichtenstein, STATE OF THE UNION: A CENTURY OF AMERICAN LABOR.

Stephen Pitti, THE DEVIL IN SILICON VALLEY: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, RACE, AND MEXICAN AMERICANS.

Seth Rockman, SCRAPING BY: WAGE LABOR, SLAVERY, AND SURVIVAL IN EARLY BALTIMORE.

Thomas Sugrue, THE ORIGINS OF THE URBAN CRISIS: RACE AND INEQUALITY IN POSTWAR DETROIT.

Mae Ngai, IMPOSSIBLE SUBJECTS: ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA.

IV. AFRICAN-AMERICAN FREEDOM STRUGGLE

Philip A. Klinkner with Rogers Smith, THE UNSTEADY MARCH: THE RISE AND DECLINE OF RACIAL EQUALITY IN AMERICA, chs. 3-9.

Patricia Sullivan, DAYS OF HOPE: RACE AND DEMOCRACY IN THE NEW DEAL ERA.

Michael Klarman, FROM JIM CROW TO CIVIL RIGHTS: THE SUPREME COURT AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY.

William Chafe, CIVILITIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS: GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA AND THE BLACK STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM.

Clayborn Carson, IN STRUGGLE: SNCC AND THE BLACK AWAKENING OF THE 1960S

Essays by Steven E. Lawson and Charles Payne in DEBATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

V. HISTORY OF SEXUALITY

George Chauncey, GAY NEW YORK: GENDER, URBAN CULTURE, AND THE MAKINGS OF THE GAY MALE WORLD, 1890-1945.

Elizabeth Clement, LOVE FOR SALE: COURTING, TREATING, AND PROSTITUTION IN NEW YORK CITY, 1900-1945.

David Johnson, THE LAVENDER SCARE: THE COLD WAR PRESECUTION OF GAYS AND LESBIANS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Danielle McGuire, AT THE DARK END OF THE STREET: BLACK WOMEN, RAPE, AND RESISTANCE: A NEW HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.



M.A. - T.E.P. in Adolescence Education, Non-U.S./World

Note to students:

Why had Western Europe and the United States become wealthier and more powerful than other parts of the world by the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? This question about what has been popularly “the rise of the West” has prompted many proposed solutions and many debates over the years. When did “the west” begin to distinguish itself from other regions? What necessary factors preceded that turning point? How should we define “the west”? What was the relationship between that rise and “the west’s” interactions with other parts of the world? Was the modernization associated with that rise inevitable? And can or should it be copied by other regions? Was it the outcome of core western values? Geography? Historical happenstance? Something else? Should we even think of this transformation as a “rise”? And so on. The readings below are a sample of some of notable works to engage these questions. Most are relatively recent works of influential and widely discussed secondary scholarship, but we have also thrown in some classic works (Lenin, Gandhi, Marx and Weber) that have proven to be enormously important, and with which teachers of world history should be familiar.

Although all teachers of social studies are expected to have had some economic course work, we do not expect students to be able to diagram technical economic formulas. What we do expect is that in the exam essay students should be able to discuss major historiographical approaches to this question, identify the basic arguments of authors regarding this question, and be able to discuss how the arguments of different authors stand in relation to each other. The list below represents a manageable sampling of works on this topic, and students are absolutely expected to have read and be familiar with most of these works. However, we also encourage students to look up book reviews, critical essays, and other contextual work that will help you appreciate why these works have proven to be so influential. Passing essays are expected to refer to the these works in properly formatted footnotes; reference to relevant works not on this list is, of course, permitted as well.

Bibliography (rev. 04/10)

Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991)

Robert C. Allen, The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Carlo M. Cipolla, Guns, Sails, and Empires: Technological Innovation and the Early Phases of European Expansion 1400-1700 (New York: Minerva, 1965)

Kenneth Chase, Firearms: A Global History to 1700 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Alfred Crosby, Ecological imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986)

Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (New York: Norton, 2005).

Mark Elvin, "The High-Level Equilibrium Trap," ch. 2 in Another History: Essays on China from a European Perspective (Sydney, Wild Peony) originally published in W.W. Willmott (ed.) Economic Organization in Chinese Society (Stanford Univ. Press, 1975)

Andre Gunder Frank, Reorient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (University of California Press, July 31, 1998)

M. K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj. This text is widely available on the internet, including here. Pay particular attention to Gandhi’s ideas about western modernization and its relationship to India.

John Hall, Powers and Liberties: The Causes and Consequences of the Rise of the West (University of California Press, 1985)

Joseph E. Inikori, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) [Available on-line for free as an ACLS Humanities E-book via the Hunter Library webpage.]

David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (W. W. Norton, 1999)

V. I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism [Widely available on the internet at sites such as this one.]

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto [Read especially “Section 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians”, skim rest]. Read also Marx’s short piece for the New York Herald Tribune (1853), “The British Rule in India.” Both texts are widely available on the internet (including here).

Russell Means, “For America to Live Europe Must Die” (1980) [Widely available on the internet]

Joel Mokyr, A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy (Princeton University Press, 2016)

Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton University Press, 2002)

Ian Morris, Why the West Rules - for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future (Picador; Reprint edition, October 25, 2011)

Douglass C. North & Robert Paul Thomas, The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History (Cambridge University Press, 1976).

Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: Europe, China, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton University Press, 2000). [Note: available on-line through the Hunter College Library].

E. P Thompson, “Time, Work Discipline and Industrial Capitalism,” Originally published as Chapter 6 of Customs in Common (London: Penguin Books, 1993). [Note: This piece is widely available online, including here

Immanuel Wallerstein, Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century (New York, Academic Press, 1974)

John Weaver, The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 (Montreal: McGill Univeristy, 2006)

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, edited and translated by Peter Baehr and Gordon C. Wells (Penguin/Bantam, 2002)

Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1944)

Karl A. Wittfogel, Oriental Despotism: A Comparative Study of Total Power (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1957) [Available online for free as an ACLS Humanities E-book via the Hunter College Library webpage.]


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