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Summer 2016 Session 1 (Online)

May 31 to June 9

AHG 501 O1B: 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: Scott Yenor (Boise State University)

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday (Week 1) and Monday through Thursday (Week 2), 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 502 O1B: 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: S. Adam Seagrave (Northern Illinois University)

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday (Week 1) and Monday through Thursday (Week 2), 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 O1D: The Fourth Amendment (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

This course is an intensive study of the history, politics, and law of the Fourth Amendment. What is an unreasonable search or seizure? When must government get a warrant? Does technology change any of the answers to those questions? To address these issues, we will look at the text and constitutional principles of the Fourth Amendment as well as its historical development, especially through Supreme Court decisions.

Instructor: Jeffrey Sikkenga (Ashland University)

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday (Week 1) and Monday through Thursday (Week 2), 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 2 (Online)

June 13 to June 23

AHG 503 O2B: 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: Joseph Fornieri (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 504 O2B: 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: Monday through Thursday, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 3 (Online)

June 27 to July 8

AHG 510 O3C: 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: Ken Masugi (Johns Hopkins University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday (Week 1) and Tuesday through Friday (Week 2), 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 606 O3A: America between World Wars (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

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.

Instructor: Gregory Schneider (Emporia State University)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday (Week 1) and Tuesday through Friday (Week 2), 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 4 (Online)

July 11 to July 21

AHG 510 O4D: 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: James Stoner (Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet  Supplemental Course Packet

AHG 660 O4E: Inclusion and Exclusion Under the United States Constitution (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

In the nearly 230 years since its drafting, the United States Constitution has been transformed, primarily (though not exclusively) through judicial interpretation, from a document that was written principally with an eye on white male landholders to one that requires protection of the right to same-sex marriage. During that time, there has been a constant push-pull between inclusion and exclusion under the Constitution. Yet it is the genius of what the Founders crafted that the overall trajectory has been one of increasing and universal inclusion. This course will examine this crucial process from Dred Scott to Obergefell v. Hodges.

Instructor: Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)

Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 5 (Online)

July 25 to August 4

AHG 505 O5B: 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: Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 660 O5F: The United States since the 1960s (2) ** COURSE CLOSED **

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)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Summer 2016 Session 5A (Online)

August 1 to August 12

AHG 660 O5H: Executive Power and the Constitution (2) New! Added 5/17/16

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: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

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

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

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