Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:
This course provides an examination and analysis of key issues and texts in the history of American thought from the earliest English arrivals in North American through the development of an American national cultural in the mid-19th century. Topics include Puritanism, the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, Republicanism and Liberalism, Evangelical Protestantism, Transcendentalism, Abolitionism, and Pro-slavery theory. The core reading for the course will focus on the primary texts of American thinkers, including John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sarah Grimke, Margaret Fuller, William Lloyd Garrison, and Abraham Lincoln. The course will consider ideas in their historical contexts, and will seek to develop an understanding of the ways in which ideas exist in historical relationship to changing social, political, and economic cotexts.
David Hollinger and Charles Capper,eds, The American Intellectual Tradition, vol. I
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life
Linda Kerber, Toward an Intellectual History of Women
Philip Gura, American Transcendentalism: A History
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Two analytic/interpretive papers, based on assigned course readings; a series of six short precis on assigned reading; class attendance and participation.