Faculty of Arts


Uncovering United States History


Explores the arguments, assumptions and points of view that have created and continue to create historical knowledge of the United States. The course engages with the practice of United States history and historiography, emphasising historians’ ways of doing, thinking, valuing and writing about the past.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 734 A and B.

Availability 2021

Not taught in 2021


Coordinator(s) Dr Paul Taillon


Carl Degler, Out of Our Past: The Forces that Shaped Modern America, New York, 1959 (or 1970 rev. ed.).

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, 3rd ed., London, 2003.

Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom, New York, 1998.

Recommended Reading

Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History, New York, 1994.

Ellen Fitzpatrick, History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980, Cambridge, Mass., 2002.


HISTORY 734A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 734B: 15.0 points

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