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  1. Week 1 Are you an American? 2 items
    1. Essential reading: 2 items
      1. American identities: an introductory textbook - Lois Palken Rudnick, Judith E. Smith, Rachel Rubin 2006

        Book Essential See-Part 1 'Identity, Family and Memory', pp. 6-45. Kirk,G & Okazawa-Rey,M, "Identities and social locations : Who am 1? Who are my people?" (pp.8-16) is available as a DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course. Print copies available at HC 3220 USA (AME)

      2. What's the Matter with Kansas? - Thomas Frank 2005

        Book Essential Read: Chapter 6: 'Persecuted, Powerless and Blind', pp. 113-137. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

  2. Week 2 Are they American? the peculiar case of the Obamas 15 items
    1. Essential reading: 5 items
      1. The bluest eye - Morrison, Toni 1979

        Book Essential See-pp. 1-2 and 5-38. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

    2. Recommended further reading: 10 items
      1. How to read Michelle Obama - Maria Lauret 02/2011

        Article Recommended

      2. Michelle Obama: first lady of hope - Elizabeth Lightfoot 2009

        Book Recommended

      3. Michelle Obama: a biography - Mundy, Liza 2009

        Book Recommended

      4. Michelle Obama in her own words - Obama, Michelle, Rogak, Lisa, PublicAffairs (Publisher) c2009 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended [eBook, print below]

      5. Michelle Obama in her own words - Michelle Obama, Lisa Rogak 2009

        Book Recommended Print copy available at: E 909 MIC

  3. Week 3 Who could be an american? Citizenship in historical perspective 9 items
    1. Essential reading: 3 items
      1. Towards a new American nation?: redefinitions and reconstruction - Martellone, Anna Maria 1995

        Book Essential See-Chapter 5, 'Freedom, Race and Citizenship in American History', pp. 76-91. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      2. The Norton anthology of American literature - Baym, Nina 2003

        Book Essential See pages 1757-1779 - Harriet Jacobs, from 'Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl'.

      3. China men - Kingston, Maxine Hong 1981

        Book Essential See-Chapter, 'The Laws' (pp. 151-8) - DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

    2. Recommended further reading: 6 items
      1. Incidents in the life of a slave girl - Jacobs, Harriet A., Jacobs, John S., Child, L. Maria, Yellin, Jean Fagan 2000

        Book Recommended Read: 'Introduction', Jean Fagin Yellin, pp.xv-xli. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      2. Coming to America: a history of immigration and ethnicity in American life - Daniels, Roger 1990

        Book Recommended See-Chapter 9. 'Minorities from Other regions' and 10 'The Triumph of Nativism' (pp. 234-84).

      3. Roots too: White ethnic revival in post-civil rights America - Jacobson, Matthew Frye 2006

        Book Recommended See-Chapter 7, 'Whose America? (Who's America?)', pp. 312-88. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      4. Queering Citizenship? - Amy L. Brandzel

        Article Recommended

  4. Week 4 What was American Identity? 18th and 19th century views 10 items
    1. Essential reading: 2 items
      1. What is an American? - Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

        Article Essential Also available in 'Norton Anthology of American Literature'.

      2. Walt Whitman: Song of Myself

        Webpage Essential Also available in the Norton Anthology of American Literature Vol. B (7th edition) pp. 2232-74. See especially-poems 1-6; 10; 15, 16, 24, 33, 51.

    2. Recommended further reading: 8 items
      1. Democracy in America - Tocqueville, Alexis de, Bradley, Phillips, Ryan, Alan 1994

        Book Recommended Selected chapters especially in volume 2. Other editions available at same shelfmark

      2. Crèvecoeur Revisited - Marcus Cunliffe 1975-8

        Article Recommended

      3. Union and Disunion in "Song of Myself" - Herbert J. Levine 12/1987

        Article Recommended

  5. Week 5 Who can become an American today? 6 items
    1. Essential reading: 2 items
      1. I am an American - Cindy Weber

        Audio-visual document Essential EITHER watch Cindy Weber's 'I am an American' video series, choose a case study (a person) that particularly interests you, and write a brief word report on it using what you have learnt so far Re: citizenship, historical and contemporary views of American identity, and obstacles in the what of the sense of belonging that an American identity implies.

      2. US Citizenship Test & interview for Naturalization

        Webpage Essential OR look at the applications process for American citizenship on this webpage. Watch the promotional video, look at the resources and find out what it means to become an american citizen in the 21st century, and consider the benefits as well as any obstacles that might stand in the way of attaining citizenship. You can also test yourself with some sample questions available at: http://www.blogthings.com/couldyoupasstheuscitizenshiptestquiz/

    2. Recommended further reading: 4 items
      1. [Commentary] What Is an American? - Edward L. Hudgins 1998

        Article Recommended

      2. American Identity, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism - Diana Owen

        Document Recommended Paper presented at the German-American Conference Freiburg, Germany 2005.

  6. Week 6 What was an ideal American identity? Another 19th and 20th C view 7 items
    1. Essential reading: 2 items
      1. The Frontier In American History - Frederick Jackson Turner

        Webpage Essential See Chapter 1'The Significance of the Frontier in American History'. Also available in print at shelfmark E 179 Tur

      2. Col. Crockett's exploits and adventures in Texas, written by himself - David Crockett

        Book Essential Chapters VIII to XIV 105-216.

    2. Recommended reading: 5 items
      1. The Lone Star Ranger - Zane Grey

        Webpage Recommended See-Chapters I-V. Print copy available at PH 87202 Lon.

      2. The Killers - Ernest Hemingway

        Webpage Recommended

      3. The Frontier in American Culture - Richard White 1994

        Book Recommended Read: 'Frederick Jackson Turner and Buffalo Bill', Richard White, pp.7-66.

  7. Week 7 Reading Week 3 items
    1. Essential reading: read at least ONE of these for discussion in week 12 3 items
      1. How the García girls lost their accents - Alvarez, Julia 2004

        Book Essential

      2. Drown - Díaz, Junot 1997

        Book Essential

      3. Native speaker - Chang-rae Lee 1995

        Book Essential

  8. Week 8 Would-be Americans: Americanization in the early twentieth century 11 items
    1. Essential reading: 2 items
      1. The Melting-Pot: a Play in Four-Acts - Israel Zangwill

        Document Essential

      2. The Americanization of the Immigrant - Grover G. Huebner 05/1906

        Article Essential

    2. Recommended further reading: 9 items
      1. The making of Americans, being a history of a family's progress, 1906-1908 - Stein, Gertrude 1966

        Book Recommended See-Foreword and Introduction, vii-xxxvi and final chapter, 'History of a Family's Progress', 905-25. DIGITISED extract. Digitised under S.36 of the CDPA Act 1988 for use by students registered on this course.

      2. Essentials of Americanization - Bogardus, Emory S. 2012

        Book Recommended Other edition available at same shelfmark.

      3. The movement to Americanize the immigrant - Hartmann, E. G. 1948

        Book Recommended

  9. Week 9 All-American or UN-Americans: mid twentieth century 9 items
    1. Essential reading: 4 items
      1. Childhood and society - Erikson, Erik H. 1995

        Book Essential See: 'Reflections on the American Identity' (258-293). DIGITISED extract: Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      2. American identities: an introductory textbook - Rudnick, Lois Palken, Smith, Judith E., Rubin, Rachel 2006

        Book Essential See: 'The Port Huron Statement at 40', Tom Hayden and Richard Flacks, pp.134-137.

    2. Recommended reading: 5 items
      1. Whose New Left? - Winifred Breines Sep., 1988

        Article Recommended

      2. The whole world is watching: mass media in the making and unmaking of the New Left - Gitlin, Todd 1980

        Book Recommended Other edition available at this shelfmark.

  10. Week 10 Study skills and essay-writing workshop 1 item
    1. Essential viewing: 1 item
      1. Lone star - Sayles, John (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential VHS also available in Audio Visual Collection.

  11. Week 11 A Nation of Immigrants? Cowboys and Indians Revisited 7 items
    1. Essential reading/viewing: 1 item
      1. Smoke signals - Alexie, Sherman, Eyre, Christopher [200?] (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Recommended reading: 6 items
      1. The lone ranger and tonto fistfight in heaven - Alexie, Sherman 1997

        Book Recommended

      2. Native American identity - Perry G. Horse (Kiowa) 21/2005

        Article Recommended

  12. Week 12 A Nation of Immigrants? 11 items
    1. Essential reading; see week 7, ONE or more of 3 items
      1. How the García girls lost their accents - Alvarez, Julia 2004

        Book Essential

      2. Drown - Díaz, Junot 1997

        Book Essential

      3. Native speaker - Chang-rae Lee 1995

        Book Essential

    2. Recommended Reading: 8 items
      1. Something to declare - Alvarez, Julia 1999

        Book Recommended

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