HIST 158
Thicker than Water: American Political Dynasties Fall 2009
Division II Writing Skills
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In a nation long committed to democratic principles, dynasties of any sort are bound to seem anomalous. Yet in six different instances members of the same family have held or aspired to hold the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States. Our purpose will be to analyze three of those families: the Adamses, the Roosevelts, and the Kennedys. In particular, we will focus on the paths they took to power, their performance as political leaders, and the legacies they left behind. Throughout the semester we will also be exploring what differences family ties–the dynastic element–made in the three histories in question. Readings will consist of primary as well as secondary sources.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1307
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers developing major points in the reading, and a longer exercise involving in-depth research
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, and then to sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LEAD American Domestic Leadership
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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