HIST 620: Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 620-001: Development of the Early Republic: 1783-1815
(Spring 2023)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Peterson Hall 2408

Section Information for Spring 2023

This course will explore the social, political, and cultural changes in the United States in the decades following the American Revolution until the 1820s. A major theme of the course is the meaning and limits of democratization in the early republic. Particular issues to be addressed include: the emergence of a postcolonial national identity; the growth and expansion of slavery; changes in racial ideology; the rise of a two-party political system; ongoing conflicts with Native Americans; the changing status of women; and the US in the world. The focus will be on recent historiography of the early republic, although some older classic works may be read. Students will write two short papers and several blog posts as well as a synthetic final essay based on course readings. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates breakdown of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, and role of revolutionary ideology of republicanism. Discusses leadership and policies of republic in hostile international context. Students read extensively in monographic literature and prepare research paper. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, 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.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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