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Course Description

In the current socioeconomic environment, with the challenges of gentrification, growth, and development, this class will explore the history of Durham and Duke University equally. In 1853, Dr. Bartlett Durham sold four acres of land to the North Carolina Railroad Company, which led to the establishment of a US post office in Durham. The history of Duke University began when Brown's Schoolhouse, a private subscription school in Randolph County, North Carolina, was founded. Finally moving to Durham in 1892, the school grew rapidly, primarily due to the generosity of Washington Duke and Julian S. Carr, powerful and respected Methodists. This class will trace the history of Durham and Duke University from their beginnings into the twenty-first century. Throughout the sessions, participants will discuss and explore documentation and research on this rich and transformative history using dialogue and active learning. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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