Summer 2017 Schedule (On-Campus)

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Weeklong On-Campus – Session 1 – June 25 to June 30

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 Papers and the antifederalist papers.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

Guest Lecturer: Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 506 1A: The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945 (2)

With the exception of the Civil War era, it is difficult to find another thirty-year period in U.S. history during which the nation underwent such dramatic change. In 1914 the United States was no more than a regional power, with a primarily rural demography and a relatively unobtrusive federal government. Thanks to the experience of two world wars, a major cultural conflict (the 1920s), and a disastrous economic crisis the country was transformed into the global economic and military power that it remains to this day. This course will examine the cultural, economic, military, and diplomatic events and trends of the period 1914-1945.

Instructor: Jennifer Keene (Chapman University)

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AHG 620 1A: The Reform Tradition in America (2)

America has lived through three periods of sustained interest in reforming its political and social life, the first in the decades preceding the Civil War, the second in the decades preceding the First World War and the third in the decade or two following World War II. The course examines aspects of these reform movements, particularly their connection to religion and Protestant theology.

Instructor: Natalie F. Taylor (Skidmore College)

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AHG 660 1A: Free Speech in War, Hate, and on Campus (2)

This course explores the crucial role of free speech in a democratic republic and its utmost boundaries as tried by the circumstances of war and hateful expression in society and on campus. The First Amendment has been aptly described by Justice Cardozo as the “matrix, the indispensable condition of every other form of freedom.” Although it now enjoys a preferred place in our constitutional scheme, it has never been considered absolute. As Justice Holmes famously stated, one does not have the right “to shout fire in a crowded theatre.” The Supreme Court has balanced free speech against the competing constitutional values of national security, state police powers, privacy, due process and equal protection. Where then does one draw the line between protected and unprotected speech? Is hate speech entitled to protection under the Constitution? Can it be defined? What are the boundaries of free expression? With these questions in mind, we will analyze the Supreme Court’s evolving jurisprudence in landmark free speech cases.

Instructor: Joseph Fornieri (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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AHG 660 1B: The Fourth Amendment (2)

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)

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Weeklong On-Campus – Session 2 – July 2 to July 7

AHG 510 2A: 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)

Course Materials: Syllabus  There is no course packet for this section.

AHG 603 2A: Colonial America (2)

This course focuses on the development of an indigenous political culture in the British colonies. It pays special attention to the development of representative political institutions and how these emerged through the confrontation between colonists and King and proprietors. The course also considers imperial politics through a study of the Albany Plan of Union.

Instructor: Sarah Morgan Smith (James Madison Program at Princeton University)

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AHG 642 2A: Political Parties (2) ** CLOSED **

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.

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

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AHG 660 2C: 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.

Instructor: Todd Estes (Oakland University)

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AHG 660 2D: World War II (2) 

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)

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Weeklong On-Campus – Session 3 – July 9 to July 14

AHG 501 3A: 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: S. Adam Seagrave (University of Missouri)

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AHG 503 3A: 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: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

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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: Jay D. Green (Covenant College) and David C. Tucker (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

AHG 632 3A: 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.

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

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AHG 641 3A: The Supreme Court (2) ** 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: Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)

Course Materials: Syllabus  Course Packet

Weeklong On-Campus – Session 4 – July 16 to July 21

AHG 505 4A: 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.

Instructor: Lauren Hall (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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AHG 510 4A: 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: Lucas E. Morel (Washington and Lee University)

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AHG 604 4A: The Early Republic (2)

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

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AHG 640 4A: The Congress (2) ** CLOSED **

This course focuses on the legislative branch of the U.S8 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: Sean Sutton (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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AHG 660 4E: America and Its Music (2)

The course is a survey of major themes, issues and events in American history from the 1830s through the first decade of the 21st century using American music as guide and commentary. For example, minstrel shows illuminate immigration, slavery, and party politics in Antebellum America; the music of Charles Ives and modernists unfold the effects of industrialization and World War I; the development of jazz and blues from the 1920s through the 1950s provides a running commentary on the black experience in America—among other things, the move from farms in the south to cities in the north; music occasioned by the attacks on 9-11 reveals the meaning of patriotism at the turn of the century; popular music in the early 21st century is a study of globalization in America. The course includes some discussion of music theory but requires no specialized knowledge.

Instructor: David C. Tucker (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University)

Guest Lecturer: Nathan Tucker

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