HIST 359 Fall 2012 The Politics of Presidential Leadership, 1776-1860

Cross Listed as LEAD259
This course will trace the development of the presidency from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln. By focusing on the most consequential presidents of the period, the class will explore presidential successes and failures during times of peace and prosperity and during times of war and depression. As often as possible, the class will also examine the tactics of these presidents' political rivals to understand how competing politicians tried to navigate the social and political terrain of their day. Through the study of biography and primary sources, students will offer critical appraisals of presidents and leave the course with a historical understanding of the types of challenges that those who have held the office have often faced. The course will also provide an in-depth survey of United States political history during the tumultuous early years of the nation.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation (25%), class presentation (10%), group presentation (5%), two essay assignments (each 15%), and a final project (30%)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: given to History majors and Leadership Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern,LEAD American Domestic Leadership,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20-25
Class Number: 1445
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
HIST359-01(F) LEC Presidential Leaders to 1860 Division 2: Social Studies Patrick K. Spero
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 7 1445
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