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UGRD > HIST > 473

Sites of Calamity: Places of Disaster in U.S. History

This course asks how we understand places where terrible disasters have taken place. How do we memorialize such sites? How do we re-create them? How do we forget them? How does the environmental setting shape how we respond to death or destruction? What is an environmental history of disaster? We will begin with an overall introduction and then study specific disasters by reading and discussion primary and secondary sources. This course should equip each participant to analyze historical materials about contested environments, craft oral and written arguments in environmental history, and read and view current news with an informed perspective.

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