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Fall 2017 Session 1 (Online)

August 26 to October 20

AHG 501 O1A: The American Revolution (2) ** CLOSED **

This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Instructor: Robert M.S. McDonald (United States Military Academy)

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 502 O1A: The American Founding (2)

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Scott Yenor (Boise State University)

Schedule: Thursdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET (Please note schedule change, updated 4/7/17)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 503 O1A: Sectionalism and Civil War (2) ** CLOSED **

A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.

Instructor: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 505 O1A: The Progressive Era (2) ** CLOSED **

The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.

Instructor: Jason Jividen (Saint Vincent College)

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET (please note the new day and meeting time)

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 506 O1B: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2) New! Added 8/9/2017

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945.

Instructor: Eric Pullin (Carthage College)

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 9:50 pm ET

NOTE: This course will not meet on the following Wednesdays: 9/20, 10/4, and 10/11. It will meet on the following Mondays from 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET: 9/18, 10/2, and 10/9.

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 510 O1A: Great American Texts – Ralph Ellison (2)

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) is the great American novel about race, perhaps even the great American novel. It considers and affirms the principle—that “mysterious binding force”—that holds us together as a people and that is tied to our own history. In doing so it raises all the important political questions about equality, freedom, rights and justice; the legacy of slavery and white supremacy, our “human and absurd diversity.” The novel’s deliberate attempt, in Ellison’s words, “to return to the mood of personal moral responsibility for democracy” makes perfectly clear the connection between literature and politics. The seminar will also consider a few of Ellison’s essays bearing directly on Invisible Man.

Instructor: Lucas E. Morel (Washington and Lee University)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 611 O1A: The American Way of War (2)

This course examines how Americans have used military force, focusing on the relationship between civilian and military leaders, characteristic strategic approaches, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices.

Instructor: William Atto (University of Dallas)

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 7:50 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 641 O1A: The Supreme Court (2) ** CLOSED **

This course is an intensive study of the highest court in the federal judiciary, focusing on the place of the Supreme Court in the American constitutional order. Areas of study may include the relationship between the Court and the other branches of the federal government as well as the states; the Court’s power of judicial review; and judicial politics and statesmanship. We will examine these kinds of issues by investigating how the Court has interpreted the Constitution in some of its most historic decisions.

Instructor: Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 660 O1A: The American Western (2) ** CLOSED **

This course is an intensive study of several classic American Westerns, in both print and film. The American Western reflects something fundamental about both the American mind and the American regime. The Western’s emphasis on courage and self-reliance, for example, arises from that same American character that forms the basis of self-government. The American Western also raises important questions central to American political life, among which are the meaning of justice, equality, and liberty. This course will also address the question of how American politics both influences and is influenced by literature in the Western genre.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

AHG 660 O1B: Executive Power and the Constitution (2) ** CLOSED **

This course will examine the major questions and controversies about executive power under the Constitution. Special attention will be given to emergencies and the rule of law, the war power, the treaty power, and the power to issue executive orders. Students will read primary documents as well as classic and recent works in the field.

Instructor: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus

Fall 2017 Session 2 (Online)

October 21 to December 16

AHG 501 O2B: The American Revolution (2) ** CLOSED **

This course focuses on three topics: political developments in North America and the British empire and the arguments for and against independence, culminating in the Declaration of Independence; the Revolutionary War as a military, social and cultural event in the development of the American nation and state; and the United States under the Articles of Confederation.

Instructor: Eric C. Sands (Berry College)

Schedule: Mondays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials:

AHG 502 O2B: The American Founding (2) ** CLOSED **

This course is an intensive study of the constitutional convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights. It will include a close examination of the Federalist Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Jason W. Stevens (Ashland University)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials:

AHG 503 O2B: Sectionalism and Civil War (2)

A study of the sectional conflict beginning with the nullification crisis. The course will not only examine the political, social and economic developments in the period leading to the civil war, but will emphasize the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and John C. Calhoun.

Instructor: Dennis K. Boman (Lindenwood University)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 pm to 9:50 pm ET (Please note corrected meeting days and times).

Course Materials:

AHG 505 O2B: The Progressive Era (2)

The transition to an industrial economy posed many problems for the United States. This course examines those problems and the responses to them that came to be known as progressivism. The course includes the study of World War I as a manifestation of progressive principles. The course emphasizes the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and their political expression of progressive principles.

Instructor: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials:

AHG 506 O2A: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2) ** CLOSED **

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945.

Instructor: John Moser (Ashland University)

Schedule: Saturdays, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm ET (NOTE: This course will not finish in time for students planning to graduate in December 2017)

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AHG 510 O2B: Great American Texts: Joseph Heller & Kurt Vonnegut (2)

Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (1961) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) are two of the most interesting and important novels about the American World War II experience. Heller and Vonnegut, both veterans, take innovative approaches to fictionalize their ‘wars.’ Heller devastatingly uses satire and humor to depict the absurdities of Army bureaucracy, officers’ ambition, and the very logic of war. Vonnegut, who struggled for years to write a war novel, ultimately found inspiration in the genre of science fiction. Heller’s protagonist John Yossarian and Vonnegut’s protagonist Billy Pilgrim are unforgettable, original, and, in their own ways, enduring literary heroes. In this course, we will undertake close readings of Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five to learn how Heller and Vonnegut not only defined the American World War II experience through fiction but also fundamentally changed literary expectations of the modern war novel.

Instructor: David F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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AHG 605 O1A: The Age of Enterprise (2) ** CLOSED **

In the last decades of the 19th Century, the United States took decisive steps away from its rural, agrarian past toward its industrial future, assuming its place among world powers. This course examines that movement, covering such topics as business-labor relations, political corruption, immigration, imperialism, the New South, and segregation and racism.

Instructor: Gregory Schneider (Emporia State University)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET (please note the new day and meeting time)

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AHG 623 O2A: Gender and Equality in America (2) ** CLOSED **

This course explores the history of women in America from the early 19th century to the present, especially the political struggle to gain increased civil and political rights. Using primary source material from leading female intellectuals and activists, this course will consider the myriad ways that women have helped to shape the course of United States history.

Instructor: Sarah Morgan Smith (James Madison Program at Princeton University)

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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AHG 660 O2C: Postwar America: 1945-1973 (2) ** CLOSED **

This course is an examination of the United States in the first half of the postwar era. It is structured around, though not limited to, the following themes: the United States’ emergence from World War II as a world power and the nation’s ambitious foreign policy; the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements; the expansion of federal power and programs; the partisanship of American politics and the growing power of the executive branch; popular culture and the media; and the strengths and weaknesses of an increasingly globalized economy. Upon completion of the course, students will have a detailed understanding of how the United States and its people and government responded to domestic and global challenges, crises, and changes occurring during this three-decade period.

Instructors: Emily S. Hess (Ashland University)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 7:50 pm ET

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AHG 660 O2D: From Schoolhouse to Courthouse (2)

Over the past sixty years, the judiciary has vastly increased its role in American education. From race to speech, from religion to school finance, from special education to school discipline, almost no area of education has escaped judicial supervision. This course will examine these areas of judicial activity. Additionally, it will address questions about the effectiveness of litigation as a tool for driving policy change and improving educational outcomes.

Instructors: Joshua M. Dunn (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials:

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