HUMA 1315 Schedule

Note: When you look at this schedule you might think “There is no way I can do all this reading, listening, looking, watching, and analyzing.” While that might not be true if you were a junior or senior in college, I can understand how you might think so as a freshman. But the fact is, for this class, you do not need to do all the reading or viewing each week. Use this schedule with the questions in the Discussion Board in Blackboard.   Each week you will choose one discussion question to respond to. Let this choice guide you in your work for the week.

To a certain extent, you will be able to roam through this material picking and choosing the topics that you want to learn about. Of course, that is not totally true, but it is more true than not. With your essays and other writing assignments, you will be able to select your topics from the material presented. If this freedom is difficult for you, I will provide a few set topics for you to choose from.

With regard to our two tests: each week, I will include for a brief overview of that week’s content, pointing out sections of readings or elements of the art or music or film that I think are most important (and thus might show up on the mid-term and final tests). You might be able to use these “overviews” as guides to what you what to read or examine or listen to for that week. In addition, I will provide study modules, in Blackboard, that will help you review for the two tests.

Part 1: 1945-2015 (Weeks 1-4)

Week 1  

The Newsroom

Barack Obama: “A More Perfect Union.” DHUS 645-658

Ronald Reagan: “Inaugural Addresses.” DHUS 551-561

Gerald R. Ford: “Inaugural Address.” DHUS 529-531

Lyndon Baines Johnson: “Great Society.” DHUS 477-480

John Kennedy: “Inaugural Address.” DHUS 445-448

Dwight C. Eisenhower: “Farewell Address.” DHUS 436-439

The Cinema

All the President’s Men


Week 2

The Newsroom

Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr.: “Folly’s Antidote” DHUS 643-645

“Republican Contract with America.” DHUS 574-576

Mario Cuomo: “A Tale of Two Cities.” DHUS 561-571

Barry Goldwater: “Conservatism, Religion, and Politics.” DHUS 548-551

Cesar Chavez: “1984 Address to the Commonwealth Club of California.”

Gloria Steinem, “Testimony before Senate Hearing on the Equal Rights.”

Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream.” DHUS 472-477

Edward R. Murrow: “Chicago Speech to Radio and Television News Directors Association.” DHUS 499-508

William Faulkner, “Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Prize.”

The Cinema

Good Night, And Good Luck


Assignment 1: My America


Week 3

The Library

Jackson Pollock, “My Painting.”

Randall Jarrell, “Against Abstract Expressionism”

Andy Warhol, “What Is Pop Art?”

Ralph Ellison, “The Art of Romare Bearden”

The Music Hall

Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)

Joan Jett, “Cherry Bomb,” “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock and Roll.”

Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Pet Sounds

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

 The Gallery

Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquait, Romare Beardon, Judy Chicago, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Duane Hanson, Keith Haring, Mark Disuvero, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jess, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichtenstein, Sally Mann, Robert Maplethorp, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, Betye Saar, George Segal, Andres Serrano, Lorna Simpson, David Smith, Robert Smithson, Dorothea Tanning, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth.


Round Midnight

A Face in the Crowd


Week 4

The Library

Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon”

Tomas Rivera, “And the Earth Did Not Devour Him.”

Kurt Vonnegut, “Harrison Bergeron”

Sandra Cisneros, “Barbie-Q”

Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”

Allen Ginsburg, Howl

Sylvia Plath, “Daddy”

The Music Hall

Phillip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi, from Satyagraha

John Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, from Nixon in China

Leonard Bernstein, “America,” from West Side Story

John Cage, “Some of the Harmony of Maine” and “4:33”

 The Cinema

Night of the Living Dead



Assignment 2: Essay 1: Summary


Part II: 1890-1945 (Weeks 5-8)

Week 5

The Newsroom

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Four Freedoms” DHUS 396-405

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “First Inaugural Address,” DHUS 367-372

Herbert C. Hoover, “Rugged Individualism,” DHUS 350-359

Theodore Roosevelt, “The New Nationalism,” DHUS 305-312

William Jennings Bryan, “’Cross of Gold’ Speech,” DHUS 273-280

Booker T. Washington, “Atlanta Exposition Address,” DHUS 257-261

Samuel Gompers, “Letter on Labor in Industrial Society,” DHUS 252-257

The Cinema

Citizen Kane

The Grapes of Wrath


Week 6

The Library

John Steinbeck, “Chrysanthemums,”

Ralph Ellison, “The Party at the Square.”

Poems of Robert Frost and Langston Hughes

The Music Hall

Aaron Copeland, “Appalachian Spring,”

William Grant Still, “Symphony # 2”

Ferde Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite

Antonin Dvorak, New World Symphony

Woody Guthrie, “This Land Is My Land”

The Gallery

Frank Lloyd Wright

Thomas Hart Benton, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, John Stuart Curry, Charles Demuth, Walker Evans, Arshile Gorky, John Haberle, Marsden Hartley, Palmer Hayden, Alexander Hogue, Edward Hopper, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou, Jones, Gertrude Kruger, Dorothea Lange, Jacob Lawrence, Russell Lee, Reginald Marsh, Grandma Moses, Gerald Murphey, Georgia O’Keefe, Maxwell Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Ben Shahm, Alfred Stieglitz, Grant Wood.

The Cinema

Modern Times

Show Boat


Assignment 3:   Statement of Topic for Synthesis Essay


Week 7

The Library

Henry Adams, from The Virgin and the Dynamo”

Ernest Hemingway, “Soldier’s Home”

William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily.”

Azia Yezierska, “Hunger”

Kate Chopin, “Desiree’s Baby”

Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson, e e cummings, Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams

The Music Hall

The American Songbook of Berlin, Gershwin, Carmichael, and Porter

George Gershwin, “Rhapsody in Blue”

Charles Ives, “The Unanswered Question,” Three Places in New England

Louis Armstrong and the Hot Seven

Duke Ellington

Scott Joplin

The Cinema

The Birth of a Nation


Assignment 4: Essay 2: Analytical


Week 8

Assignment 5: Test 1: Parts 1 and 2: 1890-2015


Part III: 1830-1890 (Weeks 9-12)

Week 9

The Newsroom

Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” DHUS 242-252

Andrew Carnegie, “Wealth,” DHUS 228-236

Jane Adams, “The Problem of Poverty”

Abraham Lincoln: “The Gettysburg Address.” DHUS

Abraham Lincoln: “The First Inaugural Address.” DHUS 194-207.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution.” DHUS 175-180

Roger B. Taney, “Dred Scott v. Sanford.” DHUS 180-191

Alexis deTocqueville, from Democracy in America


Week 10

The Library

Charlotte Gilman Perkins, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Jacob A. Riis, from How the Other Half Lives

Mark Twain, from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Ambrose Bierce, “Chicamaqua.”

Black Elk, from Black Elk Speaks

Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

William J. Grayson, from “The Hireling and the Slave.” DHUS 165-172

Poems of Walt Whitman, Sidney Lanier, Emma Lazarus, and Emily Dickinson.




Assignment 6: Bibliography for Synthesis Essay


Week 11

The Music Hall

Amy Beach,

Anthony Philip Heinrich, “Moan of the Forest Cherokee’s Lament”

John Philip Sousa

Cowboy Songs

African American Spirituals

Stephen Foster


Assignment 7: Biography Presentation


 Week 12

The Library

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “American Scholar”

Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birthmark.”

Poems of Emerson, Longfellow, and Whittier

The Gallery

Thomas Ball, George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, George Caleb Bingham, Mathew Brady, Mary Cassatt, George Catlin, William Merit Chase, Frederic Church, E. Irving Couse, Thomas Cole, Frank Duveneck, Thomas Eakins, William Michael Harnett, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Edward Hicks, Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt, Henri Inman, William Smith Jewett, Thomas Moran, Eadweard Muybridge, REmbrandt Peale, John F. Peto, Hiram Powers, William Tyler Ranney, Frederic Remington, Jacob A. Riis, Charles Russell, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John F. Weir, James Whistler.


The Fall of the House of Usher


Part IV: Beginning until 1820 (Weeks 13-16)

Week 13

The Newsroom

Tom Paine, from Common Sense. DHUS 7-10

The Declaration of Independence. DHUS 10-15

The Constitution of the United States. DHUS 15-20

George Washington, “Farewell Address.” DHUS 68-70

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. “On Aristocracy, Letters.” DHUS 114-123.

The Gallery

John Singleton Copley, Asher Brown Durand, Gustavus Hesselius, John Wesley Jarvis, Jacques le Moyne, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Charles Wilson Peale, Raphaelle Peale, Matthew Pratt, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, Benjamin West.

The Music Hall



Week 14

The Library

Poems of Anne Bradstreet and Phyllis Wheatley

Jonathan Edwards “Sinners at the Hands of Angry God”

William Bradford, The Mayflower Compact

The Music Hall

William Billings

Supply Belcher

Bay Psalm Book


Assignment 8: Synthesis Essay


Week 15

The Library

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, from The Relation

John Smith, from A General History of Virginia

The Six Nations

The Gallery

Native American Art


Week 16


Assignment 9: Test 2: Parts 3-4: Beginning to 1890

Assignment 10: “My America II” (part of Test 2)

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About lymangrant

Lyman Grant is a professor of creative writing and humanities at Austin Community College. He has work at ACC since 1978. He is the author or editor of two textbooks, two books relating to Texas literature, three volumes and a chapbook of poetry. Recently he traveled the United States for a year in a 34-foot RV 5th wheel trailer with his wife and two younger sons.