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Actors living during the Age of Revolutions witnessed an astounding number of social, political, and cultural changes. In the short period between 1775 and 1830 more than thirty popular insurgency movements took control of the American hemisphere, most of them by organizing around the principles of republican politics. In this course, we study the peoples, demands, and visions that comprised the popular movements of the Age of Revolutions to reconstruct the canon American Political Thought in hemispheric context. This course emphasizes the comparative features of post-colonial movements in the Americas and centers the contributions of indigenous, raced, gendered, and ethnicized communities. The course schedule is divided into two sections. The first half of the class situates the political and theoretical problems of American Political Thought by engaging with scholarship on post-colonial movements, decolonial thought, democratic theory, and theories of popular rule. The second half of the course contextualizes these frameworks by putting them in conversation with studies of revolutionary change, popular imagination, and case studies on revolutionary movements throughout the Americas. Students are expected to engage in archival research, as well as work with both primary and secondary sources on the Age of Revolutions. The class will meet remotely and hold synchronous discussions.
Format: seminar; The class will meet remotely for synchronous lecture and discussions. Recorded class sessions will be uploaded for any students who cannot meet synchronously.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Regular attendance, consistent class participation, three Glow posts, three two-page reflection papers, and a final research paper of 10-12 pages
At least one prior course in political theory, social theory, history of the Americas (either the United States or Latin America), or permission of instructor.
Concentrators in political theory in Political Science, then majors or concentrators in Political Science, American Studies, Global Studies, and Latino/a Studies
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
AMST pre-1900 Requirement
GBST Latin American Studies Electives
PSCI Political Theory Courses