Like Jeremy, I also devote much more time to immigration (I had the "joy" of teaching my class on immigration last year a day after the first Muslim Ban was out), but another change is that I now devote a whole class to populism and its origins both on the left and the right. I also combine a discussion about Civil War monuments when discussing the New South and the rise of Jim Crow. This last year have summoned so much ways to make history present, students, from my experience seem to like it.
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I have started teaching the Progressive Era with a more clear connection to the backlash of the 1920s and Harding's call for a "Return to Normalcy" and his slogan America First. I found myself emphasizing these types of push-back, trying to use the ebb-and-flow of American history that we're all familiar with to perhaps give students some type of perspective about what changes we're going through now.
I developed a new course on the Lost Cause with emphasis on GAPE for the Honors College of my university.
Probably the biggest way I've changed the GAPE portion of my survey course since the 2016 election is that I've changed the way I cover immigration. I think students need to understand that current attitudes toward "undesirable" immigrants have a long and important history. It's also sometimes easier for students to place those arguments in their proper context when they come out of the mouths of people over a century ago instead of contemporary politicians.
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