THE OXFORD ACADEMY
This course provided students an introduction not only to U.S. History from 1492 to the present-day, but also asked participants to “do” the work of historians. This included analyzing both primary sources and competing historical interpretations.
The course’s interpretative work centered around two texts: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People. Primary sources were used to supplement these readings, in addition to shedding further light on topics not covered in-depth by Zinn or Johnson (i.e., gender and sexuality).