Objects That Define America

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This course, produced with The Great Courses, will look at four key themes in the History of America as presented by Dr. Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian.

  • American Icons – from the Star Spangled Banner to the Statue of Liberty – how have these become iconic symbols for Americans?  What do these icons represent in a global context?
  • Rights and Liberties – from the Declaration of Independence to the Greensboro Lunch Counter, how have Americans defined, and continue to define, their rights and governance?
  • America the Beautiful – From evidence of the continent’s first inhabitants to the conservation efforts of the Smithsonian’s scientists, how have the American people – both native and settler – envisioned, explored, worked and protected the land and its resources?
  • Spirit of Invention – from the Model T to the space program, how have America’s pioneering inv...

This course, produced with The Great Courses, will look at four key themes in the History of America as presented by Dr. Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian.

  • American Icons – from the Star Spangled Banner to the Statue of Liberty – how have these become iconic symbols for Americans?  What do these icons represent in a global context?
  • Rights and Liberties – from the Declaration of Independence to the Greensboro Lunch Counter, how have Americans defined, and continue to define, their rights and governance?
  • America the Beautiful – From evidence of the continent’s first inhabitants to the conservation efforts of the Smithsonian’s scientists, how have the American people – both native and settler – envisioned, explored, worked and protected the land and its resources?
  • Spirit of Invention – from the Model T to the space program, how have America’s pioneering inventions changed the world?

In this course you will gain a unique perspective on American history and culture by learning the stories behind objects that were, and continue to be, an essential part of U.S. history. Most importantly, you will reflect on what objects have personal meaning to you, and the role that symbolic objects play in your own histories.

This course is adapted from the video lecture series produced by Smithsonian and The Great Courses, Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour Through History.

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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
A valuable course incorporating high quality materials. The assessment and grading policies are conceived to be online learner friendly. This is the only course of its type I know of that used direct submission of work to the provider as opposed to machine or peer grading. It was not possible to agree with the inclusion of every object selected for the course but that, in itself, served to instruct.
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6 years, 5 months ago
I am auditing this course now. It is a really nice and pleasant tour through the history of the US. For me as an outsider, it is learning about the US, american people, their struggles and victories by stories and getting general knowledge.
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Excellent course!!! It is like an in depth tour of one of the Smithsonian Museums with a great combination of historical education and human interest stories and then an opportunity for you to suggest additions to the museum where you can learn to be a curator. Though "peer assessments" are included which I don't support, they are strictly optional and do not affect your grade. Certificate completion is based on submitting a project at the end which they carefully prepare you for making it a smooth ride throughout. Kudos to the people of the Smithsonian for creating this wonderful course. Thank you!!!
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