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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.
Format: seminar; Remote via Zoom.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
three papers, weekly class presentations, and active participation in all discussions
none; courses in Leadership Studies or Political Theory or early American History are very helpful for admission to this seminar
students with a background in Leadership Studies, American History or American Political Science
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: