First-Year Seminar    Fall 2018
History 190-3

Cox Hall 230-B      TuTh 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Professor Allen Tullos
Office hours: Fridays 11:30-12:30 at 327 Bowden Hall
and by appointment: allen [dot] tullos [at] emory [dot] edu

Beginning with a brief survey of historical-geographical concepts of citizenship, this seminar examines the concept’s changing meanings in the United States.  How do ideals of citizenship compare with historical realities?  How have social groups organized and mobilized for more expansive and inclusive citizenship?  What are the effects of economic inequality upon citizenship and social justice?  Additional topics will include immigration policy, nationalism, consumerism, and global citizenship. This discussion-based seminar draws upon a variety of source materials including primary documents, critical essays, video documentaries, music, visual arts, poetry, and internet resources.

Check this syllabus regularly for updates and changes.

Thursday, August 30:  Introductions and Overview

Citizenship in the News. Discussion of current news reporting and commentary about citizenship in the US.  A ongoing feature of the seminar.   For complimentary access to provided by Emory, visit: (requires daily login with Emory ID and Password).

Direct democracy: the New England town meeting

A town meeting in Vermont (2009)

Eugene Volokh, “Is the United States of America a Republic or a Democracy.”  (2015)

Wealth Inequality in the US

Jimmy Carter, “The US an Oligarchy” (2015)

GET YOUR TICKET: President Jimmy Carter Town Hall
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 8:00-9:00PM. Woodruff Physical Education Center
President Jimmy Carter’s 37th Annual Town Hall. Tickets are available at the Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC) information desk located on the first floor in room 114 starting August 24, 2018. EmoryCard needed to receive your free ticket; one ticket per EmoryCard.

Tuesday, September 4: Citizenship: Historical-Geographical Perpsectives

Brief visit by Johannes Kleiner, Emory Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Project SHINE


Paul Cartledge, “Ancient Greek Democracy” (2011)

“History of Citizenship” article in Wikipedia.

View: Hunter Rawlings, “According to Ancient Greeks, You’re Not Free,”  (5 min.) (2009)

Make notes for class discussion on how the idea of citizenship has changed across time and geography. 

Citizenship in the News. Current news reporting and commentary about citizenship.
John Ganz, “Trump’s New Target in the Politics of Fear: Citizenship” (2018).

A chart for Labor Day. “Unions and Shared Prosperity.” (2018)

Monty Python, “The Annoying Peasant” (1974)

Thursday, September 6: Meanings of Citizenship in the US

Reading:  Linda Kerber, “The Meanings of Citizenship,” (1997)

( Free Access:  Login Through Emory Library)

Write 250 to 300 words summarizing Kerber’s essay.  Be prepared to discuss. Turn in your printed summary at the end of class.

Citizenship in the News. Discussion of current news reporting and commentary about citizenship.
“Justice Dept. Demands Millions of North Carolina Voter Records, Confounding Election Officials” (2018)

IDLES, “Danny Nedelko”     Lyrics and notes.

Tuesday, September 11:  Cosmopolitanism

Readings: Sections I, II, and III of Martha Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism” (1994)

Interview with Anthony Appiah, “Cosmopolitanism: How To Be a Citizen of the World.” (2006)

Ross Douthat, “The Myth of Cosmopolitanism.” (2016)

Writing assignment: Make reference to Nussbaum, Appiah, and Douthat in a 250-300 word commentary on cosmopolitanism and world citizenship.

Recommended: “Cosmopolitanism” (Wikipedia)

Citizenship in the News. In-class discussion of current news reporting and commentary about citizenship.
“Trump: There Is No Global Flag, No Global Currency, No Global Citizenship. We Will Be United As Americans”

“America First,”

Elise Foley, “Trump To End Protections for Nearly 800,000 Dreamers”

Thursday, September 13:  Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Native Americans

Reading: Howard Zinn, “As Long as the Grass Grows Green” (2005)

View the video about the Trail of Tears (27 minutes)

Quiz on Zinn and the “Trail of Tears” video.

Recommended (not required):  James Taylor Carson,”Ethnic Cleansing and the Trail of Tears: Cherokee Pasts, Places, and Identities.” (2017)

Dawn Peterson, “Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion” (2017)

Citizenship in the News: “Rejecting Puerto Rican Death Toll, Trump Accuses Democrats of Inflating It”

 Tuesday, September 18: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Native Americans

Read: Andrew Denson, “Born in Violent Conquest: Review of Steve Inskeep’s Jacksonland” (2016)

View: Claudio Saunt, “The War the Slaveholders Won: Indian Removal and the State of Georgia”

Write 250-300 words summarizing the Denson and Saunt assignments.  Also: turn in revised Kerber commentary

Recommended (not required) for further reading: Sarah H. Hill, “All Roads Led from Rome: Facing the History of Cherokee Expulsion” (2017).

In class video excerpt.  Wounded Knee, 1890.  “Like Grass before the Sickle” (17:14)

Citizenship in the News:
David Rogers, “Feds accused of stacking deck for Chickasaw gaming empire.” (2018)

Susan B. Glasser, “The Man Who Put Andrew Jackson in Trump’s Oval Office”  (2018)

Thursday, September 20: Justice and the Politics of Difference

Read: Iris Marion Young, “Five Faces of Oppression” (1990) (Course Reserves).  You can access this chapter by logging in at
and using “Access Online Reserves” to search by course number, instructor, etc.

Email Prof. Tullos if you have any difficulty finding the Young chapter.
allen [dot] tullos [at] emory [dot] edu

Write 250-300 words summarizing the Young chapter.

A goal of social justice . . . is social equality.  Equality refers not primarily to the distribution of social goods . . . it refers primarily to the full participation and inclusion of everyone in a society’s major institutions, and the socially supportive substantive opportunity for all to develop and exercise their capacities and realize their choices. (Young)

Citizenship in the News: Richard North Patterson, “America’s Suffocating Class System” (2018)

Tuesday, September 25: African Americans and Citizenship

David Blight, “The Civil War Lies on Us Like a Sleeping Dragon” (2017)

Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” (1852)

Write 250-300 words discussing the Blight and Douglass readings.

For reference:  The US Constitution
David Waldstreicher,  “How the Constitution Was Indeed Pro-Slavery,” (2015)

View: Natasha Trethewey, “Elegy for the Native Guards,” (2005)

Visualizing the Transatlantic Slave Trade: 1500-1900.

Citizenship in the News: Rebecca Klein, “American Students Aren’t Learning the Truth About Slavery.” (2018)
Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., “Trump Implied Frederick Douglass Was Alive” (2017)

Thursday, September 27: African Americans and Citizenship

Read: C. Vann Woodward,   “Seeds of Failure in Radical Race Policy,” (1966)

Recommended: “Fourteenth Amendment”

Quiz on Woodward’s article.

Tuesday, October 2: Scenes from the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement

View prior to class:  Eyes on the Prize, Part 4, “No Easy Walk” (Begin video at 22:00 minutes and watch until conclusion)

Read: Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963)

Recommended: “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Quiz on King’s “Letter”

Citizenship in the News:
“Jeff Sessions Faces Complaint From Fellow United Methodists Over Border Separations.”  (2018)

“Migrant Children Describe Tent City As ‘Punishment,’ Experts Say.”  (2018)

Thursday, October 4: Scenes from the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement

View prior to class: Eyes on the Prize, Part 5,  “Bridge to Freedom” (55:08)

Write a page of talking points for class discussion based on the video.  Turn in your talking points at the end of class.

Why Build a Lynching Memorial?

“Tennessee”     Arrested Development  1993

Ella Baker  (1903-86) and participatory democracy.

Ella Baker and SNCC

Judy Richardson, former SNCC member and researcher and series associate producer for the series Eyes on the Prize  talks about Ella Baker.

Ella Baker speaks to Puerto Rico solidarity rally in 1974.

Citizenship in the News:

NY Times Guide to the 2018 US Midterm Elections

Tuesday, October 9: Fall Break

Thursday, October 11:  Music and 1960s’ Political Movements

Make a list of talking points for class discussion about how particular songs expressed the values and emotions of the civil rights and anti-war movements.   Also consider which songs seem most suited for marching and protesting and which songs chiefly comment upon or evoke feelings about political topics.
Turn in your talking points after class.

 “Protest Music. 1960s: The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and Peace and Revolution” /wiki/Protest_songs_in_the_United_States#1960s:_The_Civil_Rights_Movement.2C_the_Vietnam_War.2C_and_Peace_and_Revolution


“Eyes on the Prize,”   Mavis Staples.

“A Change Is Gonna Come,” written and sung by Sam Cooke. 1968.  Read about the song.

John Coltrane    “Alabama”   (1963)  Written in response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963, an attack by the Ku Klux Klan in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four African-American girls.

Another song in reaction to the Birmingham church bombing: Nina Simone performs “Mississippi Goddamn.”    (1964)

Bob Dylan,      “Blowin’ in the Wind”  (1963)

Phil Ochs,    “I Ain’t A-Marchin’ Any More.”   (1965)

Creedence Clearwater Revival,     “Fortunate Son.” (1969)

Read about “Fortunate Son.”

Sgt. Barry Sadler, “Ballad of the Green Berets”    (1966)

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Neil Young,    “Ohio.”   (1970)
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John Prine,    “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Any More”  (1971)

Citizenship in the News:  “Planning to Vote in the November Election?  Why Most Americans Probably Won’t” (2018)

Tuesday,  October 16

In-class discussion of documentary about James Baldwin,   I Am Not Your Negro (93 min) (2016).  Directed by Raoul Peck.

For reference: 
Medgar Evers
Lorraine Hansbery

Write a 250-300 word summary of the Baldwin documentary.

Citizenship in the News: “Showdown in Georgia’s Governor’s Race Reflects a Larger Fight Over Voting Rights” (2018)

“The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder for Native Americans to Vote in North Dakota” (2018)

Thursday, October 18:  Two Scenes from the Women’s Rights Movement in the US

“Stepping through History: Timeline of Women’s Rights in the US”

When I pass the gate of the celestials and good Peter asks me where I wish to sit, I will say, ‘Anywhere so that I am neither a negro or a woman.  Confer on me, great angel, the glory of White manhood, so that henceforth I may feel unlimited freedom.Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Susan B. Anthony (1859).  (Quoted in Jill Lepore, These Truths, 314)


“Women’s rights and the Seneca Falls convention”

Linda Greenhouse, “Who Killed the ERA?”  (2017)

For class discussion, and to turn in: Write 250-300 words about the history of women’s rights in the US that make reference to Seneca Falls and the ERA.

Recommended: Equal Rights Amendment

Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1843-1845) 

Tuesday, October 23: Immigration: Chinese Labor and Exclusion

I want a home here not only for the negro, the mulatto and the Latin races; but I want the Asiatic to find a home here in the United States, and feel at home here, both for his sake and for ours. Frederick Douglass, 1869. (Quoted in Jill Lepore, These Truths, 327)

Read about the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)

Read: Maxine Hong Kingston, “Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada” (1980), a chapter from her book China Men.  (Course Reserves)
Read about China Men .

Quiz on Kingston chapter.

Citizenship in the News: “Trump and G.O.P. Candidates Escalate Race and Fear as Election Ploys”

Thursday, October 25: Recent History of Latin American Immigration

View Harvest of Empire and take notes for class discussion; turn in your one to two pages of printed notes after class.

Harvest of Empire: Latinos in America (2012) (One hour and thirty minutes)

Citizenship in the News: Trump campaign announcement, June 16, 2015

“‘God will decide if we make it’: Central American caravan presses forward” (2018)

Recommended: Lanny Thompson, “The Colonialist’s Gaze” (2017) (video.  8:30 min)


Tuesday, October 30: Current Controversies over Immigration, Citizenship, Deportation


Read and view: Mary Odem and William  Brown, “Living Across Borders: Guatemala Maya Immigrants in the U.S. South.” (2011)

For class discussion, and to turn in: Write a page of comments that reflect upon the Odem and Brown essay.

Citizenship in the News:

North Dakota Tribes In Race Against Time To Provide New Voter IDs After GOP Law Upheld (2018)


Thursday, November 1: The Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights

View prior to class: The Stonewall Uprising. (2011)

Write 250-300 words of commentary on this documentary film.  Turn in your printed commentary after class.

Citizenship in the News:

Roxane Gay, “You’re Disillusioned.  That’s Fine. Vote Anyway.”  (2018)

Tuesday, November 6: Citizenship in the News

Write (and print) 250-300 words about a current topic of citizenship in the US news. Be prepared to present and discuss your news story. (Turn in after class.)

Citizenship in the News:

Why Oprah Votes (2018)

Thursday, November 8: Assessing the 2018 Midterm Election

Be prepared to discuss Tuesday’s election results and their significance.


Tuesday, November 13: The Great Recession and Its Implications for Citizenship

View prior to class: Inside Job (2010). Take notes for class discussion; turn in your one to two pages of printed notes after class.

ALSO: Write 250-300 words updating your semester project.  (Topic, sources, progress.)

Read about Inside Job

Thursday, November 15: Doing the Aftermath

For complimentary access to provided by Emory, visit: (requires daily login with Emory ID and Password).

Read: Drew Weston, “What Happened to Obama,” (2011)

Robert Kuttner, “The Crash That Failed” (2018)

Matt Taibbi, “Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing” (2018)

Write 250-300 words summarizing the major points of Weston, Kuttner, and Taibbi.  

Trump Fact Checker    Washington Post


Tuesday, November 20: Citizenship and the Costs of Inequality

Discussion of semester papers.

David Leonhardt, “Our Broken Economy in One Simple Chart” (2017).

View: “Wealth Inequality in America”

Read: Joseph E. Stiglitz, “The American Economy Is Rigged and What We Can Do About It”  Scientific American (Nov. 2018)

Write: In 250-300 words comment upon the main points in Stiglitz’s article.

Thursday, November 22:  Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday,  November 27: Disability, Accessibility Rights, and Citizenship

View: Celeste Adams, “Talking about Disability.” (29 min)

Judith Heuman, “Our fight for disability rights and why we’re not done yet.”  (21 min)

Write a 250-300 commentary that reflects on both Adams’ and Heuman’s presentations. 

For reference: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Wikipedia)

Citizenship in the News:

“It’s Time for a National Museum of Disability,” NY Times, 2018.

Andrew Jacobs, Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax” NY Times (2018)

Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state  Vox (2018)   

Thursday, November 29: Immigration Policy Update

Miriam Jordan, “Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Proclamation Targeting Some Asylum Seekers,” (2018)

Maggie Haberman, “A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump’s Instincts on Immigration” (2018)

Dara Lind, “Jeff Sessions’s carefully built deportation machine will outlast him”  (2018)

Write 250-300 words commenting on the three articles (above) in relation to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).  

Recommended: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Wikipedia)

Thomas L. Friedman, “We Need a High Wall With a Big Gate,”  NY Times (2018)

Tuesday, December 4: Education — A Right?

Read: Jill Lepore, “Is Education a Fundamental Right?” New Yorker (2018)

Write 250-300 words commenting upon Lepore’s essay.

Recommended: Steve Suitts, “Majority of Nation’s Public School Students Now Low-Income” (2015)

Noah Feldman, “Justifying Diversity,”  NY Review of Books (2018)

Dana Goldstein, “Are Civic Lessons a Constitutional Right?”  NY Times (2018)

Amanda Terkel, “Running for Office Is Really Hard If You’re Not a Millionaire,” Huffpost (2018)

Thursday, December 6: Student Presentations and discussion

Tuesday, December 11: Student Presentations and discussion, concluded

Turn in final papers on Thursday Dec 13 by 5:00 p.m.   E-mail or hard copies are acceptable.  If you choose to turn in your paper as a hard copy, put it in Prof. Tullos’ mailbox outside his office door at 327 Bowden Hall.