History 591: American Business History
Colorado State University Pueblo/Southeastern Colorado American History Project
Professor Jonathan Rees
This course will cover the history of business in the United States from its colonial origins to the present day. It will emphasize not just the economic contributions of business to American history, but the cultural contributions of capitalism to American life as well. We are not here to applaud business or to condemn it, just to try to understand it.
Grading, Assignments and Attendance Policy
Your grade in this class will be determined by the following formula:
For the papers, the program would like you to use your research skills to create a teaching tool that you will actually use in the classroom. We recognize that there are many different types of teaching styles and that students in this program teach very different grade levels. So really, the form of the paper/teaching tool is up to you. Nevertheless, we can offer some guidelines:
Recognizing that problems, unbreakable appointments and random bad luck might affect you over the next two weeks, you are permitted to miss one day of class over the nine-day period of this course. Miss two days and your final grade will automatically drop one full letter. Miss three days and you will fail the entire course automatically.
For class participation, all I ask is that you show you can engage your fellow teachers and the material. It is not a question of how much you talk, but the value of your contributions. I am one of those teachers who believes that there is no such thing as a dumb question. Therefore, even just raising your hand if I've left you confused would be both valuable and helpful.
Gordon, John Steele. An Empire of Wealth.
Breen, Timothy. The Marketplace of Revolution.
Featherstone, Liza. Selling Women Short.
A collection of readings hastily assembled by me for in-class use. We will not even attempt to read all of them.
(Breaks between sections when needed)
Day 1 (June 27):
Day 2 (June 28):
Day 3 (June 29):
Day 4 (June 30):
Day 5 (July 1): Field Trip I Industrial Denver
Day 6 (July 5):
Day 7 (July 6):
Day 8 (July 7):
Day 9 (July 8): Field Trip II The Bessemer Historical Society
E-Mail: Jonathan [dot] Rees [at] colostate-pueblo [dot] edu
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