Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Politics in the early national United States were raucous as well as rarefied. American politicians dueled with pistols and fought each other on the floors of Congress, but they also debated ideas about liberty and representation in constitutional conventions and political pamphlets. Outside the country’s formal political institutions, ordinary Americans – including newspaper editors, seamstresses, artisans, and freed slaves – all participated in the creation of a highly partisan political culture. Debate clubs, taverns, and parades were all important sites of American political life in the early republic. Exploring this complex and exciting political world is the central focus of this course. Students in this course will read and discuss some of the most influential recent scholarship on the political history of the United States from roughly 1776 through 1860. Students will likely be required to write a historigraphical essay at the end of the semester and two book reviews during the semester.
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