Topics in U.S. Intellectual History
01/25/2010 - 05/07/2010
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
African American Studies Loung
Using a history-of-ideas approach, this course examines the major intellectual formulations defining the United States from the colonial to the progressive era. These include such ideas as exceptionalism, Puritanism, republicanism, race, manifest destiny, evangelical revivalism, Victorian domestic/gender roles, and social/moral reformism. The rupture (and later reconciliation) that emerged in the wake of the Civil War will also be examined. The course will attempt to illustrate the way in which the self-conception of the United States was initially instituted and reproduced and how such a model of identity has had tremendous triumphs as well as profoundly tragic consequences.
Course tuition: $2022.
Enrollment is limited to 18 students. This course is open to auditors.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Demetrius Eudell (B.A. Dartmouth College; M.A., Ph.D. Stanford University) is associate professor of history. He is author of The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Professor Eudell's research interests include the history and culture of the Americas, slavery, abolition, and emancipation. Click here for more information about Demetrius Eudell.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
George Fredrickson, THE BLACK IMAGE IN THE WHITE MIND: THE DEBATE ON AFRO-AMERICAN CHARACTER AND DESTINY, 1817-1914 (ACLS Humanities), Paperback
Hollinger & Capper, THE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION: VOLUME I: 1630-1865 (Oxford University Press), Paperback
Hollinger & Capper, THE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL TRADITION: VOLUME II: 1865-Present (Oxford University Press), Paperback
Daniel Walker Howe, MAKING THE AMERICAN SELF: JONATHAN EDWARDS TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Oxford University Press), Paperback
Drew R. McCoy, THE ELUSIVE REPUBLIC: POLITICAL ECONOMY IN JEFFERSONIAN AMERICA (University of North Carolina Press), Paperback
Suzanne Marilley, WOMAN SUFFRAGE AND THE ORIGINS OF LIBERAL FEMINISM (Harvard University Press), Paperback
Perry Miller, THE LIFE OF THE MIND IN AMERICA: FROM THE REVOLUTION TO THE CIVIL WAR (Mariner Books), Paperback
Alan Trachtenberg, THE INCORPORATION OF AMERICA: CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE GILDED AGE (Hill and Wang), Paperback
Robert A. Williams, THE AMERICAN INDIAN IN WESTERN LEGAL THOUGHT: THE DISCOURSE OF CONQUEST (Oxford University Press), Paperback
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