LEAD 285
The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders Fall 2018 Division II; Cross-listed as HIST354 / LEAD285 / PSCI285

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The American Revolution produced a galaxy of brilliant politicians, statesmen, and military leaders of extraordinary courage, intellect, creativity, and character: 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: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1452
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers, several class presentations, and active participation in all discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none; courses in Leadership Studies or Political Theory or early American History are very helpful for admission to this seminar
Enrollment Preference: students with a background in Leadership Studies, American History or American Political Science
Distributions: 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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