9 am to 3 pm
At the end of the nineteenth century, the United States did something it had never done before: it claimed territory overseas. Usually this is treated as just a short episode in U.S. history. But the United States held onto its empire—the fifth largest in the world—for decades. In this seminar we will probe the history of the United States’ overseas territories. How and why were they acquired? What role did they play in national life? What was its place in the war? Through political and cultural history, this seminar will examine a crucial, though not always prominent, feature of life in the United States.