Early American history.
Tues/Thurs at 3.40-4.55pm
Office hrs: Boylan 1127a, Thurs., 12.30-1.30
- American Yawp (available on-line)
- All journal articles will be e-mailed.
- Primary: documents and maps on this website.
- Exams: 50%
- Quizzes (based on reading, each class; bottom four dropped): 25%
- Group Project, Participation: 25%
- Office hours, Thursday, 12.30-1.30, Boylan 1127a
Peer mentor: John Sakelos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
February 2. Introduction
February 4. Initial Expansion: The Columbian Exchange, Colonialism, and Slavery
- American Yawp, “The New World“
- Columbus, Letter to the King and Queen (1492)
- Hakluyt on British colonization (1584)
- Winthrop, City on a Hill (1630)
February 11: Road to Revolution
- American Yawp, “British North America“
- Gibson Clough war journal (1759)
- Tea Party retrospective
- Franklin, Albany Plan (1754)
February 16: Revolution
- American Yawp, “The American Revolution“
- Declaration of Independence (1776)
- Articles of Confederation (1777)
- PA State Constitution (1776)
- Northwest Ordinance (1786)
February 18. The Constitution
- Jack Rakove, “Thinking Like a Constitution,” Journal of the Early Republic (2004).
- US Constitution (as written, 1787)
- American Yawp, “A New Nation,” parts 1-5 only.
- Bill of Rights (1789).
- Brutus v. Federalist, New York ratifying debate, re:
- size of the republic; Brutus No. 1; Federalist No. 10
- judicial power: Brutus No. 11; Federalist No. 78
- military affairs: Brutus No. 8; Federalist No. 8
- American Yawp, “A New Nation” (part)–read only to end of section from link.
- Arthur Garrison, “The Internal Security Acts of 1798: The Founding Generation and the Judiciary during America’s First National Security Crisis,” Journal of Supreme Court History (2009)
- Sedition Act (1798)
- Virginia Resolution (1798)
- Washington Farewell Address (1796)
- American Yawp, “The Early Republic“
- Marbury v. Madison (1803)
- War debate (1811-1812)
- Madison and internal improvements (1815)
- MO Controversy (1819-1820)
- Monroe Doctrine (1823)
II. Political Crisis
- American Yawp, “The Sectional Crisis“
- Justice Steven Breyer, “A Look Back at the Dred Scott Decision,” Journal of Supreme Court History (2010)
- Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
March 15: Review
March 17: Midterm
- Eugene Van Sickle, “Reluctant Imperialists,” Journal of the Early Republic, pp. 107-134.
- Luis Martinez–Fernandez, “Caudillos, annexationism, and the rivalry between empires in the Dominican Republic, 1844-1874,” Diplomatic History 17, pp. 571-599.
March 24: No class
- American Yawp, “The Civil War“
- Republican Platform (1860)
- Crittenden Compromise (1860).
- Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
- Gettysburg Address (1863)
- American Yawp, “Reconstruction“
- 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments
- freed children in SC (1864)
- MS Black Code (1865)
- TX lawlessness (1868)
III. Looking Ahead
- American Yawp, “Capital and Labor“
- Omaha People’s Party platform (1892)
- William Graham Sumner, Social Darwinism (1880s)
- Carnegie, Gospel of Wealth (1889)
- Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
April 7. No class
- American Yawp, “American Empire“
- Mark Twain, “War Prayer” (1904-5)
- William McKinley on US exceptionalism (1903)
- Kipling, White Man’s Burden (1899)
- American Yawp, “The Progressive Era“
- Wilson, New Freedom (1912)
- Jane Addams, social settlements (1892)
- Washington & DuBois on black progress
- American Yawp, “The New Era“
- Ku Klux Klan documents
May 10, 12: Group Presentations
May 10–US and the World, Presidential Power
May 12–Economy and Daily Life, Race in American Society
May 17: Review
Learning objectives for this course include: (1) ability to read and interpret key historical sources; (2) ability to determine how important themes in U.S. history change over time; (3) ability to present key historical arguments orally. Item (1) will occur throughout the course; item (2) will occur in the midterm and final examination; item (3) will occur in the group presentation.
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