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Fall 2017 History UN3410 section 001

Call Number 67498
Day & Time
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Lindsey E Dayton
Course Description This seminar examines the social, cultural, and political history of inequality in the food system of the twentieth- century United States, from field to table. We trace the rise and expansion of industrial farming and food processing, and the commercialization of food preparation, looking at the ways racism, gender, class, immigration, empire, and globalization have shaped the political economy of American food. This course also investigates the intersection of agriculture, migration, and U.S. capitalism in the food system, and asks why modern food work has been marked by precarious working and living conditions. It provides a detailed knowledge of U.S. labor, immigration, agricultural, and political history in the twentieth century, with a focus on gender and racial disparity. Upon completion of the course, students will have a complex understanding of the history of the U.S. food system, which will allow them to engage broadly with different areas of American history, including the emergent history of capitalism, labor and immigration history, and environmental history. The course will also enable critical engagement with contemporary food movement issues, food planning, farm policy, and activist initiatives against the inequalities that continue to haunt our fields, packinghouses, and kitchens. The semester will culminate in a final paper that concentrates on one of the course themes and develops historical writing skills across the course of the semester. A strong base of knowledge about the history of the U.S. in the twentieth century is useful, but not prerequisite for the course.
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Department History
Enrollment 14 students (15 max) as of 7:07PM Saturday, December 16, 2017
Subject History
Number UN3410
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173HIST3410W001

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