This course explores the disasters that impacted Gilded Age America \2013 which remain the deadliest, most expensive and most destructive disasters in American history. We will question the relationship between "natural" events like storms and earthquakes; biological crises like epidemics; and man-made catastrophes like the sinking of the Titanic. Students will investigate the ways in which disasters are understood at different historical moments, how people place blame for disasters, and how disrupted environments are re-built.
Satisfies a major requirement in History and Environmental Studies
Satisfies a concentration requirement in Environmental Studies
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement