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HIST 354
The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders Fall 2020
Division II
Cross-listed LEAD 285 / PSCI 285 / HIST 354

Class Details

The American Revolution produced a galaxy of brilliant and creative statesmen and intellectuals: Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Adams. In this seminar, we will study their astounding accomplishments–a successful war of independence, a Constitution and Bill of Rights, enduring democratic political institutions, and a nascent party system. But mostly we will focus on their ideas, for they were thinking revolutionaries. We will examine in depth and in detail their superb writings, their letters and speeches as well as Madison 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; Remote via Zoom.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2448
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers, weekly class presentations, and active participation in all discussions
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 Leadership Studies, American History or American Political Science
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 285 Division II PSCI 285 Division II HIST 354 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern
LEAD American Domestic Leadership
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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