Appalachian & American Family Stories: Genealogy & Local Histories

Instructor: 
Shannon Perry
Day/Time Taught: 
141: MWF 10:00-10:50 am; 143: MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2012
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
141
Section-2: 
143

From family feuds to kinship-based social groups, depictions of family and family life continue to live at the heart of ideas about Appalachia as a distinct culture within American society. Students in this course will explore family and kinship as models of social organization, the changing experiences and representations of family life in the modern world, why genealogy has become so popular in recent decades, and how ordinary people as well as scholars across many disciplines have begun to use genealogy to uncover family and larger local and global histories. Students will engage in a personal or local family history project using genealogical methods, involving researching and interpreting several types of primary source documents as well as secondary resource materials. This research will result in a creative presentation narrating how the story of one particular family intersects with larger local, national, and global historical phenomena and processes.

 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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