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Summer 2016 Session 1 (On-Campus)

June 26 to July 1

AHG 502 1A: 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: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Guest Lecturer: Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 503 1A: Sectionalism and Civil War (2) ** COURSE 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)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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.

Instructor: Christopher Flannery (Azusa Pacific University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 633 1A: 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..

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 2 (On-Campus)

July 3 to July 8

AHG 510 2B: Great American Texts–Mark Twain (2)

One way citizens of large republics are educated in the principles of government is through novels. With this in mind, this course examines selections from the work of Mark Twain. Not only is Twain America’s most enduringly popular author, but his novels depict important aspects of the American character and have much to say about such themes as equality, slavery, freedom, modern science, Christianity, and democratic leadership, all of which are crucial for understanding American history and politics. Our main texts will be Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; if time permits, we will also consider The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson.

Instructor: David Foster (Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 610 2A: American Foreign Policy since 1898 (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

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: John Moser (Ashland University) and Eric Pullin (Carthage College)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Gamebook

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

This course examines the American experience of war from the Civil War through Vietnam, investigating how the United States made the decision to fight and the consequences of war for civilians, soldiers, and veterans.  Examining gains and losses on the battlefield tells only part of the American wartime story. Small and big wars have dramatically shaped American culture, society, and politics throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This class will help students understand how the American way of war has transformed the nation.

Instructors:  Jennifer D. Keene (Chapman University) and David Tucker (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 2A: The Federal System (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

This course examines the origin and development of the U.S. federal system. Attention will be paid to debates, developments, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the extent of federal and state authority at pivotal points in American history, including the framing of the U.S. Constitution; state challenges to federal authority in the early republic; expansion of federal power during the New Deal Era and Civil Rights Revolution; and conflicts between state and federal authority in the contemporary era on issues such as marijuana regulation, same-sex marriage, health policy, and election administration.

Instructor: John Dinan (Wake Forest University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 2B: The West and America (2)

From the territorial expansion of the nineteenth century to the tremendous regional demographic and economic growth and political significance of the twentieth century, the West (from the Great Plains to the Pacific) has proven vital to the nation’s development. This course briefly examines the processes of westward expansion, and then turns to a detailed comparative examination of the region’s and the nation’s growth and change over the course of the twentieth century. Was the West more progressive than the nation as a whole in the Progressive Era? Was it impacted more profoundly than the nation as a whole during the Great Depression years? Did the West become a more heavily martial landscape in the 1940s and 1950s than the rest of the country? Has the West been at the leading edge of the conservative and liberal movements that have developed since the 1960s? Is it the case that while America developed its West in the nineteenth century, the West, to no small degree, developed America in the twentieth? The course illuminates the relationship between regional and national history, and offers students the opportunity to compare and contrast the history of their home regions to that of the nation.

Instructors: David Wrobel (University of Oklahoma)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 3 (On-Campus)

July 10 to July 15

AHG 505 3A: 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:  J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

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AHG 623 3A: Gender and Equality in America (2) ** COURSE 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: Emily S. Hess (Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 630 3A: American Statesmen—Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt (2)

This course will examine the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.  We will consider the actions of these two presidents, their political rhetoric, and the political circumstances surrounding their words and deeds.  Particular emphasis will be paid to their respective understandings of the first principles of American republicanism, American constitutionalism, and the nature, potentialities, and limits of presidential authority and leadership.

Instructor: Jason Jividen (Saint Vincent College)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 642 3A: 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: Eric C. Sands (Berry College)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 3G: The United States since the 1960s (2) New! Added 5/10/16

The 1960s are rightly recognized as a watershed moment in U.S. history, yet the profound and often tumultuous changes of these years had lasting effects. The Civil Rights and women’s movements continued, and they inspired equality campaigns for other Americans (Native Americans, for example). Growing opposition to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and liberal governing principles in general revitalized conservatism, bringing the Reagan Revolution. American power appeared diminished by the Vietnam War, yet the U.S. remained committed to global leadership. The end of the Cold War, wars in the Middle East, and terrorism tested and changed U.S. foreign and military policies. This course will examine the United States as its people and government responded to domestic and global challenges, crises, and changes occurring during the last quarter of the twentieth century and the start of the twenty-first century.

Instructor: David Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 4 (On-Campus)

July 17 to July 22

AHG 501 4A: 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)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 504 4A: 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.

Instructor: Lucas Morel (Washington & Lee University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 621 4A: Race and Equality in America (2)

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 C. Myers (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 4C: National Security and the Constitution (2) **COURSE CLOSED**

This course will examine the powers granted by the Constitution in the national security arena. Topics of study will include the debates in the Constitutional Convention over the war power and the conflict between the Federalists and the Jeffersonians over the interpretation of this power and other security related powers. We will go on to examine the unilateral use of force by early American presidents, including their use of covert operations. Prominent court cases involving war powers and internal security measures will also be examined, especially those growing out of the Civil War and the two world wars. The course will conclude with an examination of the rise of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and include a review of contemporary topics such as the War Powers Act, congressional oversight of the intelligence agencies, and the legality of various government actions during the War on Terror. This course will shed light on the evolution of the so-called “American national security state,” using the language of the Constitution and the principles and practices of the framers as a benchmark to assess the legitimacy of this “state.”

Instructor: Stephen Knott (U.S. Naval War College)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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