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Session 1 – June 23 to June 28

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)

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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.

Instructor: Dan Monroe (Millikin University)

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AHG 510 1A: 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: Todd Estes (Oakland University)

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AHG 630 1A: American Statesmen-Hamilton & Jefferson (2)

This course examines the political actions and thought of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, arguably the two most important founders of the American republic. In their lifetimes, Hamilton and Jefferson understood themselves to have opposed understandings of what was good for America. We will explore this opposition and what it meant and means for the American Republic by studying what Hamilton and Jefferson had to say and what they did about the great issues of their day.

Instructor: Stephen F. Knott (United States Naval War College) and David C. Tucker (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University)

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AHG 641 1A: The Supreme Court (2)

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: Jeffrey Sikkenga (Ashland University)

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Session 2 – June 30 to July 5

AHG 505 2A: 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: J. David Alvis (Wofford College)

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AHG 510 2B: Great American Texts–Joseph Heller & Kurt Vonnegut (2)

Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (1961) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) are two of the most interesting and important novels about the American World War II experience. Heller and Vonnegut, both veterans, take innovative approaches to fictionalize their ‘wars.’ Heller devastatingly uses satire and humor to depict the absurdities of Army bureaucracy, officers’ ambition, and the very logic of war. Vonnegut, who struggled for years to write a war novel, ultimately found inspiration in the genre of science fiction. Heller’s protagonist John Yossarian and Vonnegut’s protagonist Billy Pilgrim are unforgettable, original, and, in their own ways, enduring literary heroes. In this course, we will undertake close readings of Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five to learn how Heller and Vonnegut not only defined the American World War II experience through fiction but also fundamentally changed literary expectations of the modern war novel.

Instructor: David F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

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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.

Instructor: Eric Pullin (Carthage College)

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AHG 630 2B: The Adams Family: Republicanism, Democracy, and American History (2)

The Adams family remains the most distinguished political family in American history.  Four generations of the Adamses brought about a revolution, established self-government, participated in the transformation of the republic to a large scale democracy, and then witnessed the industrialized nation take its place on the world stage.  Not only were the Adamses America’s statesmen, but they were the keepers of their family’s legacy and the historians of our nation.  This course examines the writings of four generations of the Adams family in order to better understand the political transformation of America.  These writings will also help us to consider the role of historians in America.

Instructor: Natalie F. Taylor (Skidmore College)

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Session 3 – July 7 to July 12

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: Jason W. Stevens (Ashland University)

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AHG 506 3A: 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 603 3A: 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 (Ashbrook Center at Ashland 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.

Instructor: Jay D.Green (Covenant College)

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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: Sarah M. Burns (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Mack Mariani (Xavier University)

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AHG 660 3A: Indian Assimilation, Resistance, and Removal (2)

During the first decades of the nineteenth century, the tribes of what is today the southeastern United States took steps toward assimilation and accommodation of American culture, becoming known as the Five Civilized Tribes. During the same period, pressure mounted on them to remove to the trans-Mississippi West. Events culminated in the 1830s with open conflict and the forced removal often called “The Trail of Tears.” Often these events are portrayed as inevitable and depicted in simplistic terms. This class will help students understand the complexities and nuances of a pivotal time in American history.

Instructor: Jace Weaver (University of Georgia)

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Session 4 – July 14 to July 19

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

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AHG 611 4A: The American Way of War (2)

The course examines how Americans have used military force, focusing on the relationship between civilian and military leaders, characteristic strategic approaches, and the connection between our political principles and our military practices.

Instructor: William Atto (University of Dallas) and Thomas Bruscino (United States Army War College)

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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.

Instructors: Sarah Beth V. Kitch (University of Missouri)

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AHG 633 4A: 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.

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

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AHG 660 4B: Postwar America, 1945-1973 (2)

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. This course will include a Reacting to the Past simulation.

Instructor: John E. Moser (Ashland University)

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