Summer 2013 (On-Campus)

Schedule of Courses

Each course is held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Tuition for each course is $1050 if taken for graduate credit (2 semester credit hours). Courses may be audited for in-service hours for $525 per course. Room and board is available for $450 per week. Books are additional.

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Summer Session 1 (June 23 to June 28)

AHG 501 1A: 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.

Instructors: Michael Schwarz (Ashland University) and Jeffrey Sikkenga (Ashland University)

AHG 502 1A: 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 and the anti-federalist papers.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Guest Lecturer: Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)

AHG 503 1A: 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.

Instructors: Nathan Coleman (Kentucky Christian University) and Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

AHG 510 1A: Great American Texts – Abraham Lincoln (2)

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.

Instructors: Peter W. Schramm (Ashland University)

AHG 632 1A: The American Presidency I – Washington to Lincoln (2)

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: Jeremy Bailey (University of Houston) and Marc Landy (Boston College)

AHG 660 1A: Topics in American History and Government – Democracy and Tyranny (2)

Robert Penn Warren’s All The King’s Men is America’s greatest political novel. In it one finds a penetrating exploration of American democracy at work. This course aims to understand democracy and tyranny in America by examining what this book has to say about God, nature, human nature, reason, politics, and “the awful responsibility of Time.”

Instructor: Christopher Flannery (Azusa Pacific University) and David Tucker (Naval Postgraduate School)


Summer Session 2 (June 30 to July 5)

AHG 510 2B: Great American Texts – George Washington (2)

George Washington’s political philosophy—radical for his time—was a commitment to the belief that law can never make just what is in its nature unjust. Before the close of the Revolutionary War, he had conceived of a union based on the progressive principle that the American people would qualify for self-government in the sense of free institutions in proportion to their moral capacity to govern themselves by the light of reason. This course traces Washington’s political development through the war years, describes his contributions to the Constitution and the founding of the United States, addresses Washington’s relationship to the institution of slavery, and touches his presidential administration including his precedent-setting decision to retire from the presidency after two terms.

Instructor: William Allen (Michigan State University)

AHG 510 2C: Great American Texts – The Federalist (2)

The Federalist is a complex political work comprised of arguments about war, economics, national unity, and liberty (among other things) based on appeals to human nature, history, reason, and prudence. In this course we will examine and discuss The Federalist as fully and as deeply we can, aiming to understand how (or whether) its parts fit together in a coherent whole and its enduring contribution to our understanding of politics.

Instructor: David Foster (Ashland University)

AHG 510 2D: Great American Texts – Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Du Bois (2)

Booker Washington had a definite strategy for pulling African Americans up from slavery, a plan that embraced the American ideals of equality and liberty that Washington believed could be realized through land ownership and entrepreneurship. W.E.B. Du Bois countered that Washington’s strategy was misguided in its failure to demand protection of universal rights for blacks. The debate between the two has been presented mostly as a tension between protest and accommodation, or between segregation and integration. The conflict between the two men operated on both ideological and personal levels, but history has dwelt on the former and neglected the latter. This course will unpack the conflict between Washington and Du Bois and examine the content of civil rights strategies in the twentieth century.

Instructor: Robert J. Norrell (University of Tennessee)

AHG 606 2A: America Between World Wars (2)

In the 1920s, changes in America that had been underway for several decades came fully into view. This is the period when cultural wars first appeared (e.g., The Scopes Trial) and the transformative effects of industrial capitalism touched every part of American life. In the 1930s, an economic crisis challenged received views of the proper relationship of the government to the economy. The course examines various political and economic changes that occurred in this period, with a special emphasis on the New Deal.

Instructors: David Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) and Gregory Schneider (Emporia State University)

AHG 607 2A: America during the Cold War (2)

The simmering conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1989 was the defining phenomenon of the age, affecting not only the country’s foreign policy but its politics, society, economy, and culture as well. In this course students will examine the most important events, ideas, and personalities of the 44 years from the end of World War II to the end of the Reagan administration.

Instructors: Steven Hayward (Ashland University) and Stephen Tootle (College of the Sequoias)

AHG 642 2A: Political Parties (2)

This course examines the development of American political parties, focusing on the meaning of parties and historic moments in the rise and fall of political parties from the Founding Era to the present. Topics may include re-aligning elections, changing coalitions within American parties, and the contemporary Democratic and Republican parties.

Instructors: Marc Landy (Boston College) and Stephen R. Thomas (Ohio Dominican University)


Summer Session 3 (July 7 to July 12)

AHG 504 3A: Civil War and Reconstruction (2)

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.

Instructors: Lucas Morel (Washington & Lee University) and Jonathan W. White (Christopher Newport University)

AHG 505 3A: 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.

Instructors: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University) and Joseph Postell (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)

AHG 622 3A: Religion in American History and Politics (2)

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.

Instructors: Stephen F. Knott (United States Naval War College) and David Tucker (Naval Postgraduate School)

AHG 640 3A: The Congress (2)

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.

Instructors: Andrew Busch (Claremont McKenna College) and Daniel Palazzolo (University of Richmond)


Summer Session 4 (July 14 to July 19)

AHG 502 4B: 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 and the anti-federalist papers.

Instructors: J. David Alvis (Wofford College) and James R. Stoner (Louisiana State University)

AHG 510 4E: 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 Morel (Washington & Lee University)

AHG 510 4F: Great American Texts – Ernest Hemingway (2)

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)

AHG 660 4B: Topics in American History and Government – The Ratification Debate (2)

This course examines the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787-1788. Once the Philadelphia convention adjourned on September 17 and forwarded the finished Constitution to the states, an intense national debate, lasting more than a year, got underway. This class will focus on the debates engendered by the new Constitution, examine the arguments developed for and against the document by its advocates and critics, trace the patterns and the process of ratification, and consider the historical, theoretical, and philosophical backgrounds to those debates. Finally, the course will examine the ratification contests as they took place both in the newspapers and in the individual state ratifying conventions.

Instructors: Todd Estes (Oakland University) and Natalie Taylor (Skidmore College)


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