Instructor: Madison Heslop
Office: Smith 204E
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-1:30, Thursday 12:30-1:30 or by appointment
This course will investigate the social, social, political, and environmental history of the region named the Pacific Northwest. The geographic coverage will emphasize the state of Washington but also encompasses British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, northern California, and southeast Alaska. As an upper-division course, we will ask not only "What do we know about the history of the Pacific Northwest?" but also "How do we know what we know about that history?" With an emphasis on historical sources and materials, we will examine the meanings of regional history, the Pacific Northwest’s relationship to national and global trends and developments, the interactions of diverse peoples, and the key forces driving change in this region. From Tatoosh to Twin Peaks, events covered will include the global-local fur trade, the Seattle General Strike, Japanese internment, Indigenous fishing activism, and the politics of environmentalism. Assignments and assessments include one short paper, a longer paper or project, two exams, online reading responses, and in-class discussion participation.
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