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HIST 618: The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2012

HIST 618-001:
Age of Jackson: 1815-54  —  Jane Turner Censer

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R —  Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 127

This course surveys social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political changes in the United States during a period of rapid growth and expansion. Among the topics to be studied are the workings of the second party system, the growth of sectionalism and nationalism, the spread of the market economy, the beginnings of industrialization and the increased expansionism that led to Indian removal in the Southeast and war in the Southwest. Other important areas include the changes in women’s status and work, the rise of romantic reform and evangelical religion, and the growth of both abolitionism and proslavery feeling and movements. This course will also examine changing historiographical treatments of this period and Jacksonian democracy. Course requirements will include at least one paper and two essay examinations. Assigned readings will include Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought. This course fulfills the “Origins to 1861” requirement in US History.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Survey of social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political changes in United States during period of rapid growth and expansion. Topics include second-party system; growth of sectionalism, nationalism, and expansionism; industrialization and spread of market economy; rise of romantic reform and evangelical religion; and growth of abolitionist and proslavery movements.

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