Mar 23, 2023
HIST 341 - The Constitution and the New Republic, 1783-1800
Explores the origins of American government, society and culture by examining the Articles of Confederation, the crisis of the 1780s, the Constitutional convention, ratification, the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the creation of the first two-party system, Republican Motherhood, slavery, and the formation of American identity.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Distinguish primary sources from secondary literature.
- Develop and defend a thesis.
- Differentiate between short-term and long-term historical forces and move beyond fact and date memorization to interpretation.
- Deliver concise, cogent oral arguments on a given historical question.
- Identify the role cultural understandings of race, class and gender play in history and how they affect the experience of individuals and groups in different historical contexts.
- Identify the historical context that produced the U.S. Constitution and other milestones in the formation of American government and identity, as distinct from presentist interpretations of the Constitution and ‘Founding Era’.
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