May 22, 2024  
2022-2023 University Bulletin 
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HIST 333 - 19th Century American Popular Culture

3 Credit Hours
This class offers students an introduction to the main currents of American popular culture from the 19th century and the very early 20th century and its relationship to our current society. In addition to identifying the varied aspects of American popular culture and tracking the development of its many manifestations, this class will demonstrate how these aspects reflected and were shaped by historical trends and events.  We will also consider how entertainment, technology, consumerism, and mass communication mold the individual’s perceptions of his or her world. Some of the topics covered include the circus, P.T. Barnum’s world, the minstrel show, vaudeville, and burlesque. This course may be applied to the United States history concentration.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101  or CRWS 101  

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in history.

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