American Political Thought
General Catalog Course Title:
Junior Seminar
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Spring 2014
Spring 2012
Course Thread: 
Law & Humanities
Song, Sarah

In this seminar, we will explore the history of American ideas, focusing on major works from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Required readings are drawn mainly from primary sources, including political pamphlets and speeches, autobiographies, and monographs by politicians, activists, and philosophers, with some attention to rival secondary interpretations. Topics we will explore include revolution, slavery, constitutional design, federalism, democracy, individualism,, and the patterns and sources of racial, gender, and class inequality. Authors we will read include Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alexis de Tocqueville, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, John C. Calhoun, Angelina Grimke, Catherine Beecher, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Graham Sumner, W.E.B. DuBois, and John Dewey.


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