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American Classics

"What then is the American, this new man?" asked J. Hector St-John de Crvecoeur in his Letters from an American Farmer in 1782. This subject takes Crvecoeur's question as the starting point for an examination of the changing meanings of national identity in the American past. We will consider a diverse collection of classic texts in American history to see how Americans have defined themselves and their nation in politics, literature, art, and popular culture. As a communications-intensive su...

Start Date: Sep 01, 2002 Topics: General Art, Literature, American History, General History
Cost: Free

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"What then is the American, this new man?" asked J. Hector St-John de Crvecoeur in his Letters from an American Farmer in 1782. This subject takes Crvecoeur's question as the starting point for an examination of the changing meanings of national identity in the American past. We will consider a diverse collection of classic texts in American history to see how Americans have defined themselves and their nation in politics, literature, art, and popular culture. As a communications-intensive subject, students will be expected to engage intensively with the material through frequent oral and written exercises.

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  • Dates: Sep 01, 2002 to Dec 20, 2002
  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Louise Harrison Lepera, Prof. Christopher Capozzola
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: MIT OCW
  • Topics: General Art, Literature, American History, General History

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About MIT OCW: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

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