Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
BA, College of the Holy Cross; Ph.D., University of Rochester
This course offers an analysis and interpretation of the main themes in the history of the United States over a broad period of time that extends to the modern era. We will look at how issues such as race, class, gender, and the environment have shaped American history, as well as debates over the multiple meanings of that history.
This introductory-level course will examine the social, cultural, political, technological and/or economic development of modern America as it is revealed through a particular historical topic or theme. The theme or topic of the course is chosen by the instructor, announced in the subtitle, and developed in the syllabus.
This course explores the history of the deaf community in the United States. It offers a broad survey of American deaf history from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Major events in American deaf history will be considered, including the foundation of schools for the deaf, the birth of American Sign Language, the emergence of deaf culture, the challenge of oralism, the threat of eugenics, and the fight for civil rights.
Baseball has been called America’s game, and the late, great historian Jacques Barzun once quipped that in order to understand the soul of America, one first had to understand baseball. This may be true about America, and if so, then it is equally true for many other areas of the world. Baseball, since the nineteenth century, has been an integral part of not just America’s sports culture but also that of countries from Japan to Taiwan to Venezuela to the Dominican Republic. This course will examine the origins of baseball from English bat and ball games such as Rounders, American missionaries introducing the game to Japan and Korea, baseball as a nationalist reaction to Spanish rule in Cuba, and, finally, the global reach of modern baseball as seen in such classic institutions as the Little League World Series.
How do historians understand and interpret the past? What tools do historians use to uncover the past? What does it mean to think historically? History is both an art and a science, and in this course, we will learn the methods, practices, and tools used to create historical knowledge. You will learn how to read texts with an eye toward their argument, how to ask historical questions, how to conduct historical research, and how to write a historical narrative. At the discretion of the instructor, the class may use examples from a particular historical era to ground course concepts in a specific historical tradition.
Edwards, R.A.R., Michael Brown, and Tina Lent. "Remembering Kate Gleason: Introducing a Twentieth-Century Businesswoman to Twenty-First Century Students." The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal 2. (2017): 0-0. Web.
Edwards, R.A.R. "A Tale of Two Umpires; Or, Restoring the Legacy of Dummy Hoy." A Tale of Two Umpires; Or, Restoring the Legacy of Dummy Hoy 23. 2 (2015): 1-32. Print.
Edwards, Rebecca. "No Dummies: Deafness, Baseball, and American Culture." Sign Language Studies 12. 2 (2012): 171-187. Print.
Edwards, R.A.R. "Saying It Was So: Exploring the Black Sox Scandal." Rev. of The Black Prince of Baseball and The Betrayal, by Don Dewey, Nick Acocella, and Charles Fountain. Reviews in American History Mar. 2017: 117-119. Print.
Edwards, R.A.R. Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. 28 Apr. 2017. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Exhibit.
Decker, Rebecca Edwards, Michael Brown, Juilee. When Rochester Was Royal: Professional Basketball in Rochester, 1945-1957. By Apr. 2016. Sunken Gallery in the Wallace Center, Rochester,NY. Exhibit.
Edwards, R.A.R. "200 Years of Innovation: The Legacy of the American School for the Deaf." for Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf. Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT. 13 Jul. 2017. Guest Lecture.
Edwards, R.A.R. "No Dummy: The Brief Career of Dick Sipek." Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Cooperstown, NY. 1 Jun. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Edwards, Rebecca. "Seeing the Signs: Doing Deaf History at Holy Cross and Beyond." Inauural lecture for the series "Opening Doors: 40 Years of Women at Holy Cross". College of the Holy Cross. Worcester, MA. 20 Sep. 2012. Address.
Full Length Book
Edwards, Rebecca. Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2012. Print.