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Four Week Online – Session 1 – May 6 to May 31

AHG 501 O1B: 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 E. Yenor (Boise State University)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 pm to 11:30 pm ET

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AHG 608 O1A: 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: Dennis K. Boman (American Intercontinental University)

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Four Week Online – Session 2 – June 3 to June 28

AHG 506 O2B: 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: Gregory L. Schneider (Emporia State University)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET

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AHG 632 O2A: 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.

Instructor: Abbylin Sellers (Azusa Pacific University)

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET

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Two Week Courses

Two Week Online – Session 3 – June 3 to June 14

AHG 642 O3A: 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.

Instructor: Eric C. Sands (Berry College)

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

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Two Week Online – Session 4 – June 17 to June 28

AHG 510 O4D: Great American Texts – Frederick Douglass (2)

To reflect on the life of Frederick Douglass is to be reminded of the famous self-description attributed to his great contemporary, Mark Twain: “I am not an American; I am the American.” A classic self-made man, Douglass, like his country, rose from a low beginning to a great height; he gained freedom by his own virtue and against great odds in a revolutionary struggle; and he matured into an internationally renowned apostle of universal liberty. In this course, we consider Douglass’ telling of his own story, taking as primary texts his three autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881; 1892). We will find in these texts not only the annals of an unforgettable life but also Douglass’ reflections on enduring issues in American political thought such as the nature and specific evil of slavery, the nature and grounds of human rights and freedom, and the meaning and mission of the American Republic.

Instructor: Peter C. Myers (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire)

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

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Two Week Online – Session 5 – July 1 to July 12

AHG 503 O5B: 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: Dennis K. Boman (American Intercontinental University)

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

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AHG 502 O5B: 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: James R. Stoner, Jr. (Louisiana State University)

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

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Two Week Online – Session 6 – July 15 to July 26

AHG 505 O6B: 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: Jason Jividen (Saint Vincent College)

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

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AHG 510 O6E: 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: S. Adam Seagrave (Arizona State University)

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

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AHG 624 O6A: The American Western (2)

This course is an intensive study of several classic American Westerns, in both print and film. The American Western reflects something fundamental about both the American mind and the American regime. The Western’s emphasis on courage and self-reliance, for example, arises from that same American character that forms the basis of self-government. The American Western also raises important questions central to American political life, among which are the meaning of justice, equality, and liberty. This course will also address the question of how American politics both influences and is influenced by literature in the Western genre.

Instructor: Christopher Burkett (Ashland University)

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

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Two Week Online – Session 7 – July 29 to August 9

AHG 614 O7A: Contemporary America, 1974-present (2)

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 F. Krugler (University of Wisconsin – Platteville)

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

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AHG 643 O7A: Executive Power and the Constitution (2)

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

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Two Week Online – Session 8 – August 12 to August 22

AHG 660 O8E: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (2)

After a brief survey of 19th century American politics and its relationship to the Founding, we will cover all seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, studying one debate per class. We will assess the arguments and rhetoric of both ambitious party leaders and place the debates in the larger context of American political and constitutional history, looking forward to the presidential election of 1860. Besides clarifying Lincoln’s thought and political tactics, we will examine Stephen Douglas’s role in what remains today the world’s oldest political party, his expansionist foreign policy, and his views of federalism, slavery, and popular sovereignty, among other major concerns of antebellum America. What might the debates teach us about American politics today?

Instructor: Ken Masugi (Johns Hopkins University)

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

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