Syllabus/achievement requirements


  • Jason A. Edwards & David Weiss, eds. The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011) 228 pages
  • Deborah L. Madsen, American Exceptionalism (University of Mississippi Press, 1998).
  • Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn, History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past (Vintage Books, 1997, 2000).

Scholarly Articles:  All are either available via America: History & Life –Library Database, with electronic link, or direct from the web).

  • Michael Adas, “From Settler Colony to Global Hegemon: Integrating the Exceptionalist Narrative of the American Experience into World History,” The American Historical Review 106:5 (Dec 2001) 1692-1720.
  • Thomas Bender, “Can National History Be De-Provincialized? U.S. History Textbook Controversies in the 1940s and 1990s,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 6:1 (2015) 25-38.
  • Stephen Tuck, “The New American Histories,” The Historical Journal 48:3 (Sept 2005) 811-832.
  • Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” Paper read at the American Historical Association, 12 July 1893. (excerpts)
  • Stephen M. Walt, Thomas L. Friedman, & Michael Mandelbaum, “Just How Special is America Anyway? (An FP Debate),” Foreign Policy 189 (Nov 2011) 71-78.

Popular Articles:

YouTube: lectures and documentaries


  • Textbook excerpts and documents


  • Apollo 13
  • October Sky
  • Little House on the Prairie (2 episodes -- specified)
  • How the West was Won (1962)

YouTube (Music)

  • Lee Greenwood, “Proud to be an American” (aka “God Bless the U.S.A.”)
  • “America the Beautiful”
  • “God Bless America”
  • “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
  • “You’re a Grand Old Flag”
  • “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
  • Neil Diamond, “Coming to America”
  • “This Land is Your Land”
  • Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”
  • Darryl Worley, “Have You Forgotten?”

Web Documents:

Required Reference Works for Papers:

  • Library Databases: America: History & Life; ERIC

Required (Pensum) Reference Works:

Kompendia Utsalg:

  • Kitchen-Døderlein & Skårdal, Rules for Writing English. (compendium for ENG3501)


  • A good dictionary: (For American Studies students, Webster’s New Collegiate is preferable, but others will suffice if you are unable to get Webster’s – though they are often better for British English, than American.  It is often considerably cheaper to buy this on Amazon than to buy Oxford at Akademika, according to other students.)
  • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 5th edition (Bedford/St. Martins, 2006).

Also excellent:

  • James D. Lester and James D. Lester, Jr., Writing Research Papers (available in Akademika in the English section).  See especially the chapter on plagiarism, which will be on Fronter.
Published May 26, 2016 9:07 AM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2018 1:51 PM