ENV 583/HIST 199/AMST 236/EVST 318 (Tentative) () (Tentative) / 2021-2022

American Energy History

Note: this course information is for the 2021-2022 academic year, not the current academic year (2020-2021).
Credits: 3


From the powerful winds that carried ships across the oceans to the coal and oil that fueled industrial growth, energy production and consumption have shaped American history and powered the nation’s grandest ambitions. This course examines how the American energy system evolved over time, and why. How has the struggle to control and deploy energy shaped American politics and economic development? What have been the impacts of energy transitions on social and environmental change?