PSCI 285 Spring 2013 The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders

Cross Listed as LEAD285, HIST354
The American Revolution produced a galaxy of brilliant politicians and statesmen of extraordinary courage, intellect, creativity, and character. They succeeded in drafting an unparalleled Constitution and establishing enduring democratic political institutions while nevertheless failing to grapple with the wrenching issue of slavery and the rights of women. In this course, we will explore the lives, ideas, and political leadership of these men, most of whom belonged to the social elite of their day: Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams,and Hamilton. We will study in depth their superb writings, such as the correspondence between Madison and Jefferson and between Adams and Jefferson, and Madison's and Hamilton's Federalist essays. We will also read recent interpretations of the founding generation by Gordon Wood, Joseph Ellis, Bernard Bailyn, and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers, two class presentations
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students with a background in American History or Political Science
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,LEAD American Domestic Leadership,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3420
PSCI285-01(S) SEM Revolutionary Generation Division 2: Social Studies Susan Dunn
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Physics 113 3420
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