Spring 2016

The Immigrant City

Listed in: History, as HIST-251

Moodle site: Course


Mark Clinton (Section 01)
Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)


[US] A history of urban America in the industrial era, this course will focus especially on the city of Holyoke as a site of industrialization, immigration, urban development, and deindustrialization. We will begin with a walking tour of Holyoke and an exploration of the making of a planned industrial city. We will then investigate the experience of several key immigrant groups--principally Irish, French Canadian, Polish, and Puerto Rican--using both primary and secondary historical sources, as well as fiction. Students will write several papers on one or another immigrant group or a particular element of social experience, and a final research paper that explores in greater depth one of the topics touched upon in the course. The course will include students from Amherst College and Holyoke Community College and is open to all students, majors and non-majors. All students will engage in some primary research, especially in the city archives and Wistariahurst Museum, in Holyoke. Amherst College History majors who wish to write a 25-page research paper and thereby satisfy their major research requirement may do so in the context of this course. Classes will be held at both Amherst and Holyoke sites; transportation will be provided.

Enrollment is limited to ten students per institution.  Spring semester.  Professors Couvares and Clinton (HCC).

If Overenrolled: History majors first, then seniors, juniors, sophomores, first-years, in that order


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016