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Spring 2015 Session 1 (Online)

January 5 to February 28

AHG 502 O1A: 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: Melanie Marlowe, Miami University

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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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: Mondays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

Required Books

AHG 510 O1A: Great American Texts—Abraham Lincoln (2)  ** CLOSED **

Abraham Lincoln wove his words into the fabric of American history. In the twenty-first century, Lincoln’s political language remains more contemporary than all but the most timeless of the political language of the American Founding. This course is a study of selected Lincoln speeches aiming to illuminate Lincoln’s understanding of the relation of the principles of the American Founding to the most pressing issues of his day.

Instructor: Peter W. Schramm, Ashland University

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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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: Michael Schwarz, Ashland University

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Required Books: There are no required books for this course.

AHG 621 O1A: Race and Equality in America (2) ** CLOSED **

This course explores the history of black Americans as they strove to secure their dignity as human beings, and rights as American citizens, in the face of racial prejudice. Students will examine the writings of leading black intellectuals and activists about human equality, slavery, self-government, the rule of law, emancipation, colonization, and citizenship. The course will also review laws, constitutional amendments, court cases, and social criticism addressing civil and political rights in America.

Instructor: Peter Myers, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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AHG 660 O1A: 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: Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 660 O1B: World War II (2) ** CLOSED **

World War II was the most destructive conflict in the history of the world, affecting nearly everyone who was alive at the time, as well as the generations that followed. This seminar will examine the causes, course, and consequences of the war, both in the European and Asian/Pacific theaters, as well as on the American homefront. While it will emphasize the role that the United States played in the conflict, it will not ignore those aspects of the war in which Americans were not directly involved, such as the early war years (1939-41), and the genocidal conflict between Germany and the Soviet Union.

Instructor: John Moser, Ashland University

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

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Spring 2015 Session 2 (Online)

March 7 to May 2

AHG 501 O2A: The American Revolution (2)

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: Scott Yenor, Boise State University

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

NOTE: Schedule Change – This course will begin 3/3/15

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Required Books

AHG 504 O2A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2) ** CLOSED **

This course will examine military aspects of the war, as well as political developments during it, including the political history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. The course also examines the post-war Amendments and the Reconstruction era.

Instructor: Eric Sands, Berry College

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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AHG 505 O2A: 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: William Atto, University of Dallas

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 510 O2B: Great American Texts—Democracy in America (2)

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is commonly regarded as the most profound study of America ever written. Seeing “in America more than America,” Tocqueville studies America to understand the nature of modern democracy itself. In the course of his discussion, he examines, among many other subjects, America’s democratic social condition, its constitutional federalism, the problem of majority tyranny in America, the troubled relations among its racial groups, the prevailing understanding of sexual equality, the relation of religion and government, the powerful love of material well-being, and the dangers of administrative centralization and “mild despotism.” This course will examine Tocqueville’s treatments of these and other subjects in extensive excerpts from his book, all with a larger view toward understanding his descriptive account of democracy in America, his analysis of the main dangers it faces, and his suggestions as to the proper remedies for those dangers-the means for preserving and enhancing liberty in a nation dedicated to the principle of political and social equality.

Instructor: Jeffrey Sikkenga, Ashland University

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  There is no Course Packet for this course.

Required Books

AHG 610 O2A: American Foreign Policy since 1898 (2)

This course examines the international relations of the United States from the Spanish-American War to 9/11. The twentieth century marked the rise of the nation to a superpower with a myriad of global interests and commitments. Accordingly, students will examine foreign policy’s part in this rise, with special attention to the ways in which the principles and practices of democracy and capitalism have shaped American foreign policy. Topics will include the nation’s acquisition of overseas territory and colonies, the influence of Wilsonianism and America’s entry into the world wars, and the Cold War.

Instructor: David Krugler, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 630 O2A: American Statesmen–Washington & Madison (2) ** CLOSED **

Even though the powers of the American Executive are controlled and limited, extraordinary acts of statesmanship are possible. This seminar examines the extraordinary political leadership of George Washington and James Madison. We will examine the political circumstances in which their prudence revealed itself and explore how their words and actions, their character and example, greatly influenced the American regime.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 633 O2A: The American Presidency II–Johnson to the present (2)

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from Reconstruction to the present. It focuses on how changing conceptions of the presidency have shaped American political life in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially as America has become a global power.

Instructor: Stephen Knott, United States Naval War College

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 660 O2C: The Vietnam War (2) ** CLOSED **

This course examines the origins, progress, and outcome of the Vietnam War from 1945 through 1975. This class is taught primarily through the close examination of documents with an emphasis on the changes that took place in American culture – politically, socially, intellectually, and militarily – as a result.

Instructor: Mackubin Owens, United States Naval War College

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET ** PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE **

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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