HIS 175 - Local History
This introductory study encompasses the history of Broome County and, where relevant, the larger upstate New York area. Areas of exploration include: early presence of the First Peoples (Native Americans) from the early woodlands period to the Iroquois Confederacy, late 18th and 19th century Anglo settlement with cultural, religious, and land use perspectives, canal, railroad, industrial and factory growth fueled by rural migrants and European immigrant groups, as well as recent changes in County growth and demographics. Historical methods of research will be used, along with actual exploration of historical aspects of the County, for instance, the homes of Riverside Drive or the Chenango Canal. We will utilize the archival and historical records on the premises of cooperative local institutions. Meets SUNY General Education requirement for US History for students scoring 85 and above on US history regents.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify the main chronological divisions in the history of Broome County and its adjacent areas.
2. Describe the main features of Native American life in the region before colonization.
3. Discuss some of the major themes of the colonial and revolutionary periods in the local area.
4. Describe the development of the local area during the nineteenth century, against the backdrop of broader regional and national history.
5. Discuss the growth of important local businesses in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Endicott-Johnson, IBM, and others.
6. Identify the major themes of local history in the twentieth century, against the backdrop of regional and national developments.
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