Research Hall 201
Section Information for Fall 2017
Perhaps no period of U.S. history witnessed greater social and economic change than the early nineteenth century. This course surveys social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political developments during an era characterized by rapid growth and expansion. Among the topics examined 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 the removal of Native American groups in the Southeast and war in the Southwest. Other important subjects include changes in women’s status and work, the rise of romantic reform and evangelical religion, and the growth of both abolitionism and proslavery movements.
This course will also examine changing historiographical treatments of this period and its major topics. Course requirements will include a comparative book review and two essay examinations. Among the assigned readings will be Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.