MWF 9:05-9:55 am - Professor Bloom
Cross-listed with HIST 492 AX
This course will examine homelessness from historical and sociological perspectives, as well as through literature. We will explore how the meaning of homelessness-and the composition of the ranks of the homeless-has changed in the United States over the centuries. Moreover, we will analyze the different ways society has perceived homelessness and sought to develop policies to address this issue.
• Kenneth Kusmer, Down and Out, On the Road: The Homeless in American History
• Stephen O’Connor, Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed
• Tom Kromer, Waiting for Nothing
• Elliot Liebow, Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women
• Mike Yankoski, Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
Assignments include two five-page papers, a ten-page take-home final, and a brief presentation.