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Summer 2014 Session 1 (Online)

June 9 to June 19

AHG 502 O1B: 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: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Madison’s Notes of Debates

AHG 510 O1C: Great American Texts – The Federalist (2) ** CLOSED **

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)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm ET

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

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Summer 2014 Session 2 (Online)

June 23 to July 3

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: Scott Yenor (Boise State University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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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: Mackubin T. Owens (U.S. Naval War College)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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Summer 2014 Session 3 (Online)

July 7 to July 17

AHG 660 O3B: The 1960s (2) ** CLOSED **

This course examines the major events of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations as well as the political, social, and cultural changes that took place between 1960-1974. This class is taught primarily through the close examination of documents with an emphasis on the changes that took place in the American political tradition within that period.

Instructors: Stephen Tootle (College of the Sequioas)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 660 O3D: Postwar America: 1945-1973 (2) ** NEW! Added 5/1/14 **

An examination of the United States during the three decades following the Second World War. The social, economic, political, and diplomatic development of the country is stressed with a thematic emphasis.

Instructors: Emily Hess (Ashland University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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Summer 2014 Session 4 (Online)

July 21 to July 31

AHG 504 O4B: 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: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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AHG 504 O4C: Civil War and Reconstruction (2)  NEW! Added 7/2/14

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: Matthew Norman (University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Course MaterialsSyllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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AHG 505 O4B: 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.

Instructors: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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AHG 660 O4E: What is an American? (2)

To respond thoughtfully to this fundamental question, we draw on readings from all periods of American history but focus on a few sources which we will explore with care. What has changed, what has remained constant from the America of 1776 to the America of today? What do autobiographies tell us about the person and the country and how the two mutually shape each other? In the memoirs, short stories, essays, and speeches we examine, teachers should find rich primary source materials for courses in American history, government, and literature.

Instructors: Ken Masugi (Johns Hopkins University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

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