William Hart

Associate Professor of History

 On leave 2016-2017 academic year
 on leave academic year

William Hart, an Associate Professor of History at Middlebury College, has taught at Middlebury College since 1993.  He earned his Ph.D. at Brown University.  He has published a number of essays on the intersection of race, religion, and identity in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century Indian country.  He has held a number of fellowships, including a Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities, a Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion (Princeton), a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship (New-York Historical Society), and a Thurgood Marshall Fellowship (Dartmouth College). Hart has also appeared on-camera or has served as adviser on several documentaries, including "Black Indians: An American Story," HGTV's "Homes of the Underground Railroad," and PBS's "The War that Made America."




Course List: 

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HIST0105 - The Atlantic World, 1492-1900      

The Atlantic World, 1492-1900
Linking the Americas with Europe and Africa, the Atlantic has been a major conduit for the movement of peoples, goods, diseases, and cultures. This course will explore specific examples of transatlantic interchange, from imperialism and slave trade to religious movements, consumerism, and the rise of national consciousness. It will adopt a broad comparative perspective, ranging across regional, national ,and ethnic boundaries. We will consider the varied experiences of Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans as they struggled to establish their own identities within a rapidly changing Atlantic world. Pre-1800. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. CMP HIS SOC

Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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HIST0203 - US History 1492-1861      

United States History: 1492-1861
A survey of American political, social and intellectual developments from the colonial period to the Civil War. Students receiving AP credit in American history may not take HIST 0203 for credit. Pre-1800. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR HIS NOR SOC

Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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HIST0225 - African American History      

African American History
This course will explore the history of the African American people from the slave trade to the present. It will examine the process of enslavement, the nature of American slavery, the meaning of emancipation, the response to the rise of legalized segregation, and the modern struggle for equality. Special attention will be given to placing the African American story within the context of the developing American nation, its institutions, and its culture. (formerly HIST0371) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR HIS NOR

Spring 2013, Spring 2015

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HIST0362 - Revolutionary America      

Revolutionary America: 1763-1800
A study of the origins, progress, and significance of the American Revolution. In this course we examine the diverse economies, cultures, and sociologies of the American Colonies on the eve of the Revolution; the disruption of the balance of empire in the Atlantic; the ideology which guided colonists in rebellion; the changes wrought by revolution; and the first decades of nationhood under the Constitution. Pre-1800. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR HIS NOR

Spring 2014, Fall 2015

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HIST0377 - Comparative Slavery      

Comparative Slavery in the Americas
In this course we will examine the development and decline of the institution of slavery in the United States between 1619 and 1865 by comparing the institution to slavery in the Caribbean and Latin America (principally Brazil). Themes and topics to be explored include: ecology and slavery, religion and slavery, the international slave trade, nationalisms and race, slave communities, slave resistance, emancipation, and freedom. Readings for the course will range from scholarly monographs to slave narratives. CMP SOC

Fall 2013

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HIST0391 - Native American / Imagination      

Native Americans in the American Imagination
In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will examine the changing image of Native Americans in American popular culture from 1800-2000. Through novels, plays, films, photography, advertisements, amusements, sport-team mascots, and museum displays, we will trace and analyze how the American Indian has been defined, appropriated, and represented popularly to Americans from the early republic to the turn of the twenty-first century. We will consider how American popular culture has used over time the image of the American Indian to symbolize national concerns and to forge a national American identity. 3 hrs. sem. AMR HIS NOR

Spring 2014, Spring 2016

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HIST0412 - Rdgs Amer Hi: Cultures-Contact      

Readings in American History: Cultures in Contact
In this course we will examine the dimensions of cultural contact among Native Americans, Europeans, African Americans, and Euro Americans in the eastern half of the United States, from early encounters at Roanoke, to Cherokee removal to Oklahoma. Themes of investigation include: encounter vs. invasion; Indian depopulation by men, microbes, and munitions; religious conversion; cultural persistence, change, and revitalization; slavery by and of Indians; and the changeable image of the Indian. (formerly HIST 0407) 3 hrs. sem. AMR HIS NOR

Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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HIST0500 - Special Research Projects      

Special research projects during the junior year may be used to fulfill the research seminar requirements in some cases. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017

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HIST0700 - Senior Independent Study      

The History Senior Thesis is required of all majors. It is written over two terms, with the final grade applying to both terms. The project is generally begun in the fall and completed during winter or spring. Approval is required to begin the thesis in winter or spring, and such students must still attend the Thesis Writer's Workshops that take place in fall and winter.

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017

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IGST0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017

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Department of History

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753


Axinn Center at Starr Library
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753