AMST 157 From Powhatan to Lincoln: Discovering Leadership in a New World (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as HIST157, LEAD157
The collision of cultures and peoples in colonial North America created a New World that demanded new forms of political leadership. This course explores the history of leadership from the colonial era to the Civil War through the study of consequential individuals whose actions shaped seminal moments in American history. As often as possible, the course will analyze rival leaders to understand the many different forms of leadership that existed throughout American history and how historical contexts affected individual decisions. The course opens with Powhatan, whose Native American empire spanned the East Coast of North America, and John Smith, who confronted this Indian empire as he tried to establish England's first toehold in the New World, and it ends with Abraham Lincoln, who tried to keep together a nation that Jefferson Davis aimed to destroy. In between, the course will explore colonial leaders like John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; African American leaders like Gabriel Prosser, who led a slave rebellion, and Richard Allen, a free black abolitionist; presidents like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson; First ladies like Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison; advocates for women's rights like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and others. Providing a survey of early American history through the study of these individuals, students will have a deeper appreciation of how historical processes shaped leaders--and how leaders have shaped history.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly writing assignments, three 5-page essay assignments, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group P Electives - Premodern,LEAD American Domestic Leadership,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 3618
AMST 157 SEM Leadership in a New World (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Patrick K. Spero
AMST 157 SEM Leadership in a New World (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Patrick K. Spero
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