HIS 470 Haunted American History

This course will assess the history of fear, hauntings, and suspense in US history using ghost stories, haunted places, and other supernatural examples. The major themes will address the importance of place and locality in American history, the role ghost stories played in regulating behavior, the cultural context of fear, and the change in conceptions of ghosts and the supernatural over time. The course will include excursions to haunted places as well as research into the supernatural at Centre College.