Food In American History Essay

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FOOD IN AMERICAN HISTORY History 197DR Syllabus—Spring 2011 Instructor: Lisa Jacobson Office: HSSB 4232 Email: Time and Room: W, 1:00-3:50pm, HSSB 4041 Office Hours: Th, 2:00-4:00pm and by appointment Due to budget cuts, the service to all faculty office phones has been cut off. The best way to contact the professor is by email or during office hours. COURSE DESCRIPTION This intensive reading and discussion seminar explores the impact of economic, cultural, technological, and geopolitical change on the role of food and drink in American life during the nineteenth, twentieth, and early-twenty-first centuries. We will pay particular attention to the changing social, cultural, and political meanings of food and the ways in which food practices…show more content…
Please put papers in the faculty mailbox, located in the HSSB 4001. Remember to attach rough draft. SOME TIPS ON HOW TO READ FOR THIS COURSE Read for argument. Determine the author’s major themes and main argument. Read the introduction with particular care, because this is often where scholars present their theses, set forth the questions they want to answer, and outline the structure of their argument. Try to sum up the author’s argument in a sentence or two. Think about the strengths and weaknesses of the argument as you read the book. What is the most persuasive and least persuasive aspects of the author’s argument? Evaluate the evidence. What kind of evidence does the author provide to support his or her argument? Does the author rely on quantitative evidence, written documents, material artifacts, other historians? Does the author borrow ideas or concepts from other disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, or psychology? Is the evidence reliable? Does it prove the author’s major conclusions? Are there other conclusions you could reach from the same evidence? Does the author ignore important
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