The American Revolution|
Fall 2009 not offered
This course surveys the events leading up to the American Revolution of 1775-1783 and the tumultuous years that followed, observing at close range members of the so-called founding generation as they fought among themselves, often savagely, and, in one case, murderously, over what was best for the fledgling United States. Students will read a wide range of primary sources (letters, diaries, propaganda) and so grasp the war's impact not only on average men, women, and children, but also in the world of ideas beyond these shores. Above all, the course will treat the Revolution as contemporaries understood it: as a violent civil war in which property was destroyed and people died badly as perhaps the most appalling human rights crisis of the 18th century.
This course requires students to spend considerable time evaluating and interpreting primary sources: images, objects, documents. The course also requires students to write critically and imaginatively about primary as well as secondary sources--e.g., articles and books written by modern historians.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Letters and diaries; major historical works on the history of the Revolution.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final; two essays.
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