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American Crucible


Admission requirements


Migration and ethnicity have been important elements in the formation of American society in the twentieth century. Every new group of migrants had to answer questions about their ethnicity and its relationship to American society in general. Older Americans had to come to terms with newer arrivals and their acceptability and unacceptability as Americans. Every group of migrants had to find its own way into American society, often with different results. Gary Gerstle has written an important book about this fascinating subject, which will be the starting point of this course

Course objectives

Insight in relevant literature and theories
To be able to give verbal and written reports based on the study of secondary literature and sources


See course-schedule

Mode of instruction

Research seminar

Assessment method

Verbal presentations and participation in group discussions 20%
Final paper 80%



Reading list

Gary Gerstle, ‘American Crucible. Race and nation in the twentieth century’ (Princeton and Oxford 2001)


See enrolment-procedure

Contact information

With the teacher: dr G.C.Quispel