The Long 19th Century|
Spring 2019 not offered
In 1787, the ratification of the Constitution established the United States of America as a republic in which power rested with the people. But the slim document left many fundamental questions unanswered. Would the overwhelmingly agricultural country be one of small yeoman farmers or large-scale plantations? Would the new nation limit western expansion to honor treaties with American Indian groups? Should the growing ranks of wage laborers in the nation's burgeoning cities have the same political rights as property owners? Would a nation founded on the shores of the Atlantic World pursue closer integration into global trade or protect its craftsmen and nascent industrial manufacturers? Could women make a claim to civic participation in a nation whose liberty they had helped win? Would a nation dedicated to freedom be able to reconcile the bondage of one-fifth of its total population?
The Long 19th Century explores the history of the United States from the Early Republic to the Progressive Era (1787-1900), as an array of different groups and competing interests attempted to answer these questions. The period witnessed an incredible expansion of the United States from one of several imperial claimants in North America to the dominant power on the continent. Simultaneous to this expansion in geographic scope, the 19th century saw a shift in the scale of governance from a limited government to a powerful federal state that abolished property rights in slavery and intervened in struggles between labor and capital. In following that expansion and shift, this course explains the evolution of the modern United States.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Jane Addams, DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL ETHICS
Ira Berlin. GENERATIONS OF CAPTIVITY: A HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SLAVES
William Cronon. NATURE'S METROPOLIS: CHICAGO AND THE GREAT WEST
Drew Gilpin Faust, THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING
Walter Johnson, SOUL BY SOUL: LIFE INSIDE THE ANTEBELLUM SLAVE MARKET
Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green. THE CHEROKEE REMOVAL: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS
Alan Trachtenberg. THE INCORPORATION OF AMERICA: CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE GILDED AGE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short papers, mid-term and final examinations