Section Information for Fall 2017
Young people joining communes. Mobs rioting in the streets. People feeling buffeted by enormous technological and social changes. Such events may sound like the events of the 1960s but in fact this description also applies to the 1830s and the decades before and after it. Jacksonian America will explore how many different groups of Americans -- blacks, whites, and Native American, immigrants, workers, women, and reformers -- responded to and helped to shape a period of enormous social, economic, religious, and cultural change. Through primary sources as well as books and articles, we will analyze the events accompanying industrialization and urbanization and study the growing rift between North and South. In addition to midterm and final, this course will also include two short papers.