Comparing Revolutions: The United States and Early Canada, 1774--1815|
Spring 2021 not offered
The American Revolution didn't just create the United States. Loyalists fled to British colonies in what would become Canada, while Native nations reasserted their sovereignty over ancestral homelands. British, French, American, and Indigenous peoples in North America expanded (or moved) west, established new communities, and struggled to retain (or create) new identities.
Students in this seminar will read widely in the literature of the revolutionary era as it pertains to American, Canadian, and Native groups and will undertake specifically comparative research as part of Professor Lennox's larger book project. What did Benjamin Franklin think of Montreal? Where did Iroquoia go after 1783? How did the creation of states such as Vermont compare to the division of Quebec the same year? What impact did David Thompson's exploration for the Hudson's Bay Company have on Lewis and Clark? By combining close reading of the most recent literature with in-depth exploration of primary sources, this seminar will encourage students to consider the Revolution as a continental rather than national event.
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Combination of recent secondary sources and relevant primary sources. Details TBA.
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Participation each week will be crucial. Students will lead one discussion and complete several reading responses. In addition, there will a primary source analysis paper, a research paper proposal, a 15-20 page research paper, and a short presentation of your research findings.
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