01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
East Building 122
Section Information for Fall 2018
This course examines the American Revolution from the beginning of the French and Indian War in 1754 until the launching of the new government under the U.S. Constitution. It investigates the long-term causes and consequences of the War for Independence , the crisis of union that led to the writing of the Constitution, and the conflicts of the 1790s . Emphasis is placed on the emergence of an American identity, the relationship between the people and their leaders, the participation of women in the patriot cause, the role of slavery, race, and Native Americans in creating ideas of liberty, and the inclusions and exclusions of American citizenship. Class will consist of a mixture of lectures and discussions based on primary sources and secondary source books. Several short papers will be assigned, along with a take-home final.