07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T
Innovation Hall 316
Section Information for Fall 2023
This is a research seminar that will require students to produce an article-length (approx. 25 page) paper, based on original research in primary and secondary sources. In consultation with the instructor, students will choose a trial, or series of trials, during the period from 1650-1820 which they will study, analyze, and place in historical context. Trials can be from any region or place, and may be local, state, ecclesiastical, or national in nature. A few possible examples include: the Salem Witchcraft trials; the Burr Conspiracy trial; trials in Old Bailey (England); slave trials at the Fairfax County courthouse; trials in Gabriel's Rebellion in Virginia; trial of Charles I in England; trials of enemies of the state during the French Terror; the John Peter Zenger Case for press freedom in New York; rape trials in colonial America; Boston Massacre trials; the court martial of Major Andre during the American Revolution. Students must be able to identify a sufficient body of primary sources for their subject, and be able to read the language in which the original documents are written (or have access to translations).
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Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.