Political Science 565: American Political Thought, from the Revolution to the Progressive Era

SYLLABUS
Essay 1
Essay 2
Essay 3
Instructions for using turnitin.com

Final exam essay prompts

Lecture Slides
Week 01: Introduction
Week 02: Winthrop & Paine
Week 03: Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, & the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate
Week 04: Federalist/Anti-Federalist, Constitution, & Bill of Rights
Week 05: Tocqueville
Week 06: Tocqueville (Week 06 revised)
Week 07: Tocqueville & O’Sullivan
Week 08: Emerson
Week 09: Emerson; Jefferson & Slavery
Week 10: Slavery & Abolition (pdf)
Week 11: Lincoln (pdf)
Week 12: Stanton, Rose, & Truth (pdf)
Week 13: Du Bois (pdf)
Week 14: Bryan & Debs (pdf)
Week 15: La Follette & Roosevelt (pdf)

Course Reader
John Winthrop – A Model of Christian Charity
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Diagram of Paine’s proposed method for developing the Charter of the United Colonies
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence (w/drafts)
Articles of Confederation
Federalist Papers
Anti-Federalist papers
Constitution of the United States of America
Bill of Rights

John L. O’Sullivan, “Introduction” to the inaugural issue of the Democratic Review, The Great Nation of Futurity, The True Title (excerpt), Territorial Aggrandizement

Correspondence between Edward Coles and Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson to John Holmes
Peter S. Onuf, “Thomas Jefferson, Race, & Nationality” (from The Mind of Thomas Jefferson)
Henry Wiencek, “The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson” (in Smithsonian magazine)
John C. Calhoun, “Slavery a Positive Good”
James Henry Hammond, Excerpts from Cotton is King (the “Mudsill Speech”)
Optional: The Story of Eliza Icewalker
Optional: The Story of Jarm Logue
Optional: The Story of Dangerfield & Harriet Newby
Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided” speech
For section: John Brown, Address to the Court upon his Conviction, Note to his jailer
For section: William Lloyd Garrison, “On the death of John Brown”
For section: Henry David Thoreau, “A Plea for Captain John Brown
Alexander Stephens, The “Cornerstone” Speech
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, Gettysburg Address, Second Inaugural Address, Letter to Thurlow Weed
For section: Frederick Douglass, “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln

Letters between Abigail & John Adams
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Solitude of Self
Optional: Address Delivered at Seneca Falls
Ernestine P. Rose, Speech at National Women’s Rights Convention
Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I a Woman?
optional: Suzanne Venker, “The War On Men”

Booker T. Washington, “The Atlanta Compromise”

Optional: DW Griffith, The Birth of a Nation YouTube; Hulu; Archive.org
Optional: Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Notes From the Blue Period”
Optional: New York Times, “Filibuster Ended as Senate Shelves Anti-Lynch Bill”
Optional: Sen. Benjamin “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman, “Their Own Hotheadedness”
William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold Speech, Undelivered Closing Remarks at Scopes Trial
Eugene V. Debs, How I Became a Socialist, John Brown: America’s Greatest Hero, The Federal Government and the Pullman Strike, Statement to the Court Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act
Optional: The Negro in the Class Struggle
Sen. Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette, “The Danger Threatening Representative Government” (excerpted), “Free Speech in Wartime”
Theodore Roosevelt, Who is a Progressive?, The New Nationalism Speech

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