Section Information for Fall 2017
What was the American Revolution? How revolutionary was it? For whom? This course considers these questions by considering the many transformations of politics, society, and culture that collectively made up the American Revolution. We will trace the course of the Revolutionary Era from the imperial crisis of the 1760s through the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 and the “settling” of the Revolution in the early nineteenth century. In the process, we will consider the actions and words of the “founding fathers” along with the experiences of other Americans—poor farmers and urban artisans, women of different classes, slaves and free African Americans, Native Americans, and more—and the ways in which they both shaped and were affected by the changes of the Revolutionary Era.