History 17B - Online

Lecture 1

WHAT IS HISTORY?

I.  Telling a Story

A.  Definition

B.  Myths

C.  What story and how?

1.  Ask a question
2.  Search for evidence
3.  Present day experiences
        a.  Monuments

II.  Case Study:  the Lincoln Memorial

A.  They Mythology of Abraham Lincoln

B.  The "Tragedy" of Reconstruction

C.  Building the Memorial:  Savior of the Union

D.  Lincoln as the Great Emancipator

E.  Sum-up:  An Interpretation without end.

III.  What is this course about?

A.  Facts vs. Themes

B.  Lessons of History