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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 373 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Democracy and Slavery in the New Nation

Robert S. Wilentz

An interpretive history of the United States from the ratification of the Constitution to the coming of the Civil War. The course will cover politics and social development, while emphasizing focused reading of primary documents. Topics will include the debate over the Federal Constitution, the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, the rise of cotton slavery, Jacksonian democracy and the growth of political parties, antislavery and reform, westward expansion, and the growing social and political divisions between North and South.

Sample reading list:
Wilentz and Earle, Major Problems in the Early Republic
Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy (college edition)

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week. Brief weekly writing assignments (10%); take-home midterm.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Final Exam - 30%
Other Exam - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20570 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   McCosh Hall   60   Enrolled:40 Limit:
20571 P01 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:3 Limit:1 Closed
20572 P02 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   62   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23726 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23727 P04 9:00 am - 9:50 am T   McCosh Hall   62   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
22991 P99 TBA        Enrolled:1 Limit: