PSCI 285
The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders Spring 2015
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 285 / HIST 354 / LEAD 285
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3485
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers, two class presentations
Prerequisites: none; courses in Leadership Studies or Political Theory or early American History are very helpful for admission to this seminar
Enrollment Preferences: students with a background in American History or Political Science
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 285 Division II HIST 354 Division II LEAD 285 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
LEAD American Domestic Leadership
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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