Topics in United States Intellectual History|
Fall 2009 not offered
Using a history-of-ideas approach, this course examines the major intellectual formulations defining the United States from the colonial to the progressive era. These include such ideas as exceptionalism, Puritanism, republicanism, race, manifest destiny, evangelical revivalism, Victorian domestic/gender roles, and social/moral reformism. The rupture (and later reconciliation) that emerged in the wake of the Civil War will also be examined. The course will attempt to illustrate the way in which the self-conception of the United States was initially instituted and reproduced and how such a model of identity has had tremendous triumphs as well as profoundly tragic consequences.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Sacvan Bercovitch, THE PURITAN ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN SELF
Jack Greene, THE INTELLECTUAL CONTRUCTION OF AMERICA: EXCEPTIONALISM AND IDENTITY
Reginald Horsman, RACE AND MANIFEST DESTINY
Drew McCoy, THE ELUSIVE REPUBLIC
Robert Wiebe, THE SEARCH FOR ORDER
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Three short essays, a mid-term examination and a final examination.
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