The Ohio State University at Newark

Senior Seminars

Spring 2018

The Cuban Missle Crisis

Instructor: Mitchell Lerner

This course is a research seminar in American history. History 4025 is a capstone course for history majors, one that is generally viewed as the culmination of your years of training as a historian. It provides an opportunity for students to prepare research papers on a narrow topic in American history, based largely on primary sources, and in so doing demonstrate the skills that they have developed through their undergraduate career. In this section of the course, the topic will be the Cuban Missile Crisis, and students will be expected to undertake a thorough examination of this event that will include extensive work with primary sources including media coverage, memoirs, official American government records, and documents from foreign archives.

Past Seminars:

Humanities 294--Spring 2008: Lynching in America

(Dr. William Coil)

Recent national news stories have brought the horrific history of lynching out of the past and into the present. In Jena, Louisiana white teenagers hanged a noose from a tree. Did they act with malice, with a clear racist intent to intimidate black students? Or were they ignorant teens, unaware that a noose is a charged symbol of brutal white supremacy? This class will explore the history of lynching from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. The awful irony of lynching is that this form of racial violence spiked just as America became a world power, claiming its status as the world's greatest democracy gave Americans the right to fight for freedom throughout the world. Yet as Americans tried to free the world in two global wars and a decades long Cold War, they countenanced the lynching of African Americans. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century whites lynched on average one African American every week. The American Century, the golden age of American prosperity and power in the world, was built on racial violence at home.

Course Requirements:

This course is graded S/U, and the requirements are to attend all of the sessions, read a book, and write a four-page paper.