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History 4100-102 Senior Seminar: Public History Theme: Roadside America

Spring 2015: Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:15pm
Room: Anne Belk Hall 226 (formerly 1129)
Dr. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge
Anne Belk Hall 249U
Baldwindeathridgekd@appstate.edu
828.262.7066 ~ Office hours: Monday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 10-11am, Thursday
10-11am, and by appointment
Course Information:
This course will require discussion and analysis of primary sources and scholarship
relating to roadside america. Automobiles helped to re-make the American landscape
several times over in the past 100 years. How should early roadside trends and
architecture be remembered, particularly when so little evidence for them remains?
What effects did the interstate highway system have on American cities and
landscapes? What types of architecture and material culture are purely related to
automobility? Which Americans had a say in how these developed? Should people care
about preserving the recent past?
With these questions in mind, you will critically analyze and discuss scholarly
works, prepare book reviews and/or reflect on historical documents, compile
annotated bibliographies of source materials, and, ultimately, produce an 20-25
page (not including bibliography or appendices) primary-source based research
paper on a topic of your choice that is relevant to the issues explored in this
course.
As the capstone course in the history major, this Senior Seminar should demand
high priority status with each of you. You are expected to give close attention and
care to your research project as well as other obligations of the class: completing
secondary readings, engaging in class discussions, and listening to and critiquing
your classmates’ works. The history department requires that you earn a C or higher in
this class in order to graduate with a degree in history.
***You do not have to be a public history student (B.S. Applied/Public History)
to take this course. Those who do not have a public history background will be
introduced to some of the core concepts of the field, and those who do have some
background will strengthen and expand their existing knowledge of the field.***

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Pedagogical Goals and Practices:
This course conforms to the Department of History’s goals and practices for 4000-level
courses, which are listed below. For more information on the four-year sequence, see
http://history.appstate.edu/students/history-skills-guide-level
Pedagogical Goals and Practices:
♣ Application of skills and abilities in research, analysis, and
communication
♣ Research methods:
• Identification, analysis, and use of primary and secondary
sources
• written prospectus; outline; annotated bibliography; rough
draft; revision of rough draft; oral presentations
* critiques of classmates’ work; editing; Chicago style
documentation
• historical narrative; historiographical essays; reading and
writing book reviews
• identification and comparison of different interpretations;
application of theory; use of interdisciplinary methods
Required Texts:
John A Jackle and Keith A. Sculle, Remembering Roadside America: Preserving the Recent
Past as Landscape and Place (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011).
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 7th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St.
Martin’s, 2012).
**Other short readings will also be required. These will be available either through the
library, through AsULearn, or as websites.

Grading & Assignments:
Participation
Quizzes
Paper Components
Topic: 50
Primary Source Analysis: 50
Prospectus: 50
Rough Draft: 200
Peer Review: 50
Final Paper
(Presentation will be 50 of these)
Total

100 points
100 points
400 points total

300 points
         1000 points

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Grade Scale:

A
AB+
B
BC+

930-1000
900-929
870-899
830-869
800-829
770-799

C
CD+
D
DF

730-769
700-729
670-699
630-669
600-629
0-599


Attendance: As a small class that emphasizes reading and discussion, attendance is
required. Since we have a significant break from class attendance, you are only allowed
two absences in this class. Three absences will result in a 50% reduction in your
participation grade. Penalties will increase after three absences. Certain excused
absences will be exempt from this rule. Email me and I will let you know whether the
absence will count against you or not.
Participation: You are expected to have done the readings before class and to be able to
contribute questions and comments to the discussion each class period. You will be on
time to each class. Your participation will be assessed according to your active
engagement with the course material, coming to class prepared, thoughtfully
considering the material at hand, asking relevant questions, appearing engaged while
listening to others, and avoiding distractions.
Further, each student is required to co-lead discussion for a number of our class
meetings. Discussion leaders will give a 5-10 minute presentation on the day’s material,
providing their reactions to the readings. You will also have questions prepared to
engage your classmates. I will assign these and will post the list of partners and dates to
lead discussion on AsULearn.
Email me during the first week of class and let me know if you have a valid reason for
not wanting to work with anyone in the class or if you already know about dates you
will be absent.
Quizzes: I will give a number of quizzes throughout the semester on plagiarism and
proper citation methods. These will be unannounced, and can be either in class or on
AsULearn. If I am putting one on AsULearn, I will send out an email notification. These
quizzes will be based on Rampolla and other style readings that I may assign.
Paper Components: Throughout the semester, you will have several items due which
will help you build your research paper. Further instructions for each of these will be on
AsULearn.
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Rough Draft: A word about your rough drafts. These should be a genuine attempt to
complete your paper, and should be 12-15 pages minimum, not including any
illustrations or your bibliography. Rough drafts will include a bibliography and an
attempt at properly formatted footnotes. They will be properly formatted: written in 12
point font (Times New Roman, Century Schoolbook, Georgia, or Palatino only), double
spaced, with 1 inch margins all around. Include page numbers. Headings should
include your name, the course information, the date, “Rough Draft,” and should be
single-spaced at the top of the first page of your paper. This will be followed by the
centered title of your paper. Any rough draft that is less than 12 pages will result in a
grade penalty on your final paper.
Final Paper: The instructions for the rough draft are also relevant here, with the
exception that final drafts should be between 20 and 25 pages, not including
bibliography or illustrations. The heading will omit “Rough Draft.”

Important notes and policies:
Make-up policy for all assignments: In order to be extended the privilege of making
up missed assignments, you must contact me prior to the scheduled event and offer a
compelling excuse for your absence or for your inability to complete the assignment as
scheduled. Attendance policies will follow Appalachian State University's Religious
Observance policy, stated at http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/syllabi.
Late work will only be graded as permitted by the above policy. You must contact me
before the assignment is due. If the assignment will be late because of University reasons,
we will set a new due date, and no penalty will be assessed. Otherwise, assignments
will be down-graded by 5% for each day late.
Email etiquette and expectations: You are encouraged to email me at any time if you
are unable to stop by office hours or if you would just prefer to communicate that way. I
teach several courses and in order to keep me organized, please put the course number
or name in the subject of the email. I am committed to responding to all emails within
48 hours. I will often get back to you much more quickly, but keep that time window in
mind when asking questions about assignments that are due and plan ahead. In emails,
you should address me as Dr. or Professor Baldwin Deathridge or Deathridge. You
should sign off your emails with your first and last name.
Laptops and tablets are permitted and encouraged in class. Students who wish to use
laptops, however, must sit in the first two rows of the classroom. Wifi will be disabled
for the duration of class. If at any time during the semester, you appear to be distracting
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other students in any way, you will be asked to turn it off and put it away for the
duration of the class.
Cell phones are permitted for emergencies only. If you are awaiting a call that you
cannot miss (sick family member etc.), please speak to me prior to class, silence the
ringer, and then sit by the door so that if the call comes, you can step outside to take it.
All other cell phones should be turned off and stowed. I will have my cell phone turned
on to receive text messages in the event of a university-wide emergency.
Note recording: You may not record class either with an audio or visual recorder of any
kind without my permission. This is of questionable legality, particularly when you
consider that you are also recording the other students in the room. I will likely give
you permission, but everyone in the class needs to be aware that someone is recording.
Contemporary Issues: In order to provide the full history and context of some topics
relevant to this class, we will occasionally discuss contemporary social and political
issues. This is a part of most history classes, and diverse discussion is encouraged.
Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism and cheating: All quotations, paraphrases, and information obtained from
sources must be cited in either footnotes or endnotes. Plagiarism is a serious offense.
Students caught plagiarizing or cheating will receive a grade of “0” for the assignment,
and may face further penalties. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty
(such as cheating on assignments or exams) may also be reported. This course, like all
courses at Appalachian State, expects students to conform to the University’s Academic
Integrity Code. For more information and the exact wording of the Academic Integrity
Code, see: http://studentconduct.appstate.edu
Citations: Use Appalachian State University Library’s Chicago/Turabian Manual style
sheet (available online at http://guides.library.appstate.edu/content.php?
pid=51444&sid=377554) or the Turabian quick guide (available at http://www.press.
uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html) to guide your citation
style.
Students with Disabilities:
Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for
individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you
have a disability and may need reasonable accommodations in order to have equal
access to the University’s courses, programs and activities, please contact the Office of
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Disability Services (828.262.3056 or www.ods.appstate.edu). Once registration is
complete, individuals will meet with ODS staff to discuss eligibility and appropriate
accommodations.
Helpful Links: Counseling Center: http://counseling.appstate.edu or x3180 and the
University Writing Center (UWC): http://writingcenter.appstate.edu
Student Engagement: In its mission statement, Appalachian State University aims at
“providing undergraduate students a rigorous liberal education that emphasizes
transferable skills and preparation for professional careers” as well as “maintaining a
faculty whose members serve as excellent teachers and scholarly mentors for their
students.” Such rigor means that the foremost activity of Appalachian students is an
intense engagement with their courses. In practical terms, students should expect to
spend two to three hours of studying for every hour of class time. Hence, a fifteen hour
academic load might reasonably require between 30 and 45 hours per week of out-ofclass work.

Lecture & Discussion Schedule:
Please note: This is a tentative plan for the semester. I will do my very best not to
change any of the dates. I reserve the right, however, to make changes as necessary so
pay attention in class and check AsULearn and your university email frequently for
updates. All assignments are due before class on the day listed, unless otherwise noted.
Reading should be completed before each class. Come prepared with questions from
your reading.
January 13

Introduction & Brainstorming topics

January 15

Public History & Historic Preservation
*Primary Source analysis
READ:
*“What is Public History?”—
http://ncph.org/cms/what-is-public-history/
*Explore the Public History Commons—
http://publichistorycommons.org (Find interesting articles and
read them; we will discuss in class)
*Explore the National Trust for Historic Preservation—
http://www.preservationnation.org (Be sure to read “What is
Preservation?” in addition to other parts of the site that interest
you.)
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January 20

Roadside America
READ: Jakle and Sculle Chp. 1

January 22

Working up a Topic
READ: Rampolla Chps 4-5
*Discussion: each of you should come to class prepared to discuss
possible topics and possible primary and secondary sources for
your research. We will workshop everyone’s ideas. Consider this an
opportunity to refine your topic. Be prepared; this does count for
part of your participation grade.

January 27

Roadside America
READ: Jakle and Sculle Chp. 2
Discussion Leaders:

January 29

Meet in the Library
Be prepared to do research on your potential topic

February 3

Roadside America
READ: Jakle and Sculle Chp. 3
Discussion Leaders:

February 5

Roadside America
READ: Jakle and Sculle Chp. 4
DUE: Topic Proposal & Primary Source Analysis

February 10

Roadside America
READ: Jakle and Sculle Chp. 5
Discussion Leaders:

February 12

No Class Meeting—Library Research Day

February 17

Roadside America
READ: Jackle and Sculle Chp. 6
Discussion Leaders:

February 19

Roadside America
READ: Jackle and Sculle Chp. 7
Discussion Leaders:
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February 24

No Class Meeting—Mandatory Meetings with me
DUE: Paper Prospectus at our meeting

February 26

No Class Meeting—Mandatory Meetings with me
DUE: Paper Prospectus at our meeting

March 3

Highways and the American Landscape
READ: Gutfreund: Introduction and Chp. 1 (on AsULearn)

March 5

Highways and the American Landscape
READ: Gutfreund: Chps 4, 6 (on AsULearn)

March 10

No Class—Spring Break

March 12

No Class—Spring Break

March 17

TBA

March 19

Research Break Begins
No class meeting—work on rough draft

March 24

No class meeting—work on rough draft

March 26

No class meeting—work on rough draft

March 31

No class meeting—work on rough draft

April 2

No class meeting—work on rough draft

April 7

University Break—No class meeting

April 9

No class meeting—work on rough draft

April 14

NCPH—No class meeting

April 16

NCPH—No class meeting
DUE: Rough Draft: Post in AsULearn forum as an attachment

April 21

Peer Review Discussion
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DUE: Peer Reviews: Bring TWO copies of each review to class
April 23

No class meeting—work on final draft

April 28

Research Presentations

April 30

No class meeting—work on final draft

May 8

Final Meeting Time (noon)
DUE: Final Draft of paper

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