This course examines diversity and changes in American values and lives in a historical context as demonstrated in social institutions and social movements. It introduces students to various types of primary materials (such as laws, court rulings, sermons, political manifestos, newspapers, etc.) and to different methods of reading and analyzing such materials. Using social and analytical categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class, the course examines several critical periods in US history as well as situates South Carolina in the context of American experience. Beyond the use of the text I will be attempting to integrate the use of technology in as many ways as possible. It is my hope that the students will become adept in the art of research. Most of this will be done online in the computer lab when available.