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Spring 2016 Session 2 (Online)

March 12 to May 7

AHG 501 O2B: The American Revolution (2)  New! Added 12/9/15

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: S. Adam Seagrave (Northern Illinois University)

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet (Syllabus and Course Packet revised 3/4/16)

AHG 502 O2A: The American Founding (2)  – COURSE 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: Scott Yenor (Boise State University)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 503 O2A: 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: Eric Sands (Berry College)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 505 O2A: The Progressive Era (2) – COURSE 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: William Atto (University of Dallas)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 632 O2A: The American Presidency I – Washington to Lincoln (2) – COURSE CLOSED

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from the Founding era through the Civil War. It focuses on how the presidency shaped American political life as the country grew and struggled with rising sectional tensions.

Instructor: Stephen F. Knott (United States Naval War College)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 632 O2B: The American Presidency I – Washington to Lincoln (2) New! Added 1/22/16

This course is an examination of the political and constitutional development of the office of president from the Founding era through the Civil War. It focuses on how the presidency shaped American political life as the country grew and struggled with rising sectional tensions.

Instructor: Scot Zentner (California State University, San Bernardino)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 640 O2A: The Congress (2) – COURSE CLOSED

This course focuses on the legislative branch of the U.S. government. It examines topics such as the constitutional powers of Congress, the relations between Congress and the other branches of the federal government and the states, and the changing structure and internal politics of Congress.

Instructor: Joseph Postell (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 641 O2A: The Supreme Court (2) – COURSE 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: Jeffrey Sikkenga (Ashland University)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 O2B: The American Western (2) – COURSE 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  Course Packet

Spring 2016 Session 1 (Online)

January 11 to March 5

AHG 501 O1A: The American Revolution (2) – COURSE 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: Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 504 O1A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2) – COURSE 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 Pullin (Carthage College)

Schedule: Mondays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET (Note: This course meets 1/18/15 through 3/7/15)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 504 O1B: Civil War and Reconstruction (2) – COURSE 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: Dennis Boman

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 510 O1A: Great American Texts – Ernest Hemingway (2) – COURSE CLOSED

The most important American writer of the 20th century was Ernest Hemingway. As a young, expatriate newspaper reporter in Europe, Hemingway wrote experimental fiction that was characterized by simple declarative sentences and scant use of adjectives and adverbs. The course considers Hemingway’s stylistic innovation through reading representative works while also investigating and discussing the historical context of his greatest novels and short stories as a window into the last century.

Instructor: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

ScheduleMondays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 510 O1B: Great American Texts – John Steinbeck (2) – COURSE CLOSED

Scholars and commentators widely regard John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath as one of the most important works of fiction of the 20th century.  Further, Steinbeck himself felt as though he depicted an underlying truth that explained the causes of the Great Depression of the 1930s.  This course examines The Grapes of Wrath both as literature and in its historical context.

Instructor: Stephen Tootle (College of the Sequoias)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 604 O1A: The Early Republic (2) – COURSE CLOSED

Having adopted a form of government, the Americans had to make it work. This course examines their efforts to do so, as the Republic took shape amidst foreign dangers, political conflict, westward expansion and religious revivals.

Instructor: Jeremy D. Bailey (University of Houston)

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

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

AHG 622 O1A: Religion in American History and Government (2) – COURSE CLOSED

From the time that the first Europeans arrived in America, religion has been an important part of American life. This course examines the various ways in which religion has played a role in American history, with particular emphasis on the role of religion in American politics.

Instructor: Ken Masugi (Johns Hopkins University)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 660 O1A: World War II (2) – COURSE 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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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