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David C. Williard

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. History, Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2012.

Office
JRC 417
Phone
(651) 962-5736
Fax
651-962-5741
Mail
JRC 432
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul MN 55105
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David C. Williard is a historian of the United States.  He specializes in the transformative effects of war on the meaning of citizenship, with a particular interest in the Civil War and Reconstruction.  More broadly, his teaching and research interrogate how contested identities emerge from the intersection of ideology and experience.  He is at work on a book titled Confederate Legacy: The Problem of Soldierhood in the Post-Civil War South, and has a chapter titled "An Ideology Beyond Defeat" in Paul Quigley, ed, The Civil War and the Transformation of American Citizenship, currently under review at Louisiana State University Press.  He teaches courses in modern United States history, the Civil War era, United States military history, slavery, emancipation, and civil rights, and violence in American history.  

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 202 - W02 Reading Black Resistance M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 206
CRN: 42485 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David C. Williard, David T. Lawrence This course, team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, focuses on the long struggle of African Americans for justice and equality in the U.S. Analyzing literary and historical texts, students in this course will learn about and engage in research on African American history and culture. Utilizing historical, literary, and cultural approaches, this interdisciplinary course will immerse students into an exploration of the African American experience from multiple perspectives using dual disciplinary frameworks. For example, students may study Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON, but would read the text within the historical and cultural framework of the Great Migration, connecting Wright’s text not just to other literary texts, but situating it within an historical and cultural context vital to the novel’s creation and essential for its interpretation. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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HIST 114 - PW4 Mod Us/Global Perspective M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 SCB 107
CRN: 40431 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David C. Williard Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the peoples of the United States from the Reconstruction period following the Civil War to the present. Special emphasis is given to the relation of racial minorities, ethnic groups, and immigrants to the dominant culture, and to the changing role of the U.S. within its larger global context. Major themes include: Reconstruction, domestic and overseas expansion, industrialization, racism and nativism, world wars, cold war, movements of liberation and reform, and other contemporary issues. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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HIST 263 - 01 United States Military History M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 222
CRN: 42507 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David C. Williard This course provides and overview of the military history of the United States from its revolutionary origins to its contemporary challenges. It examines the composition and employment of the United States military as a product of the larger political and cultural aims of American society while also paying attention to the reciprocal effect that wars have on the societies that engage in them. Special attention will be devoted to the human experience of warfare as an ethical, social, and intellectual problem.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 05 HONORS Civil War Citizenship - T - R - - - 1200 - 1500
CRN: 10237 2 Credit Hours Instructor: David C. Williard These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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