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Summer 2019 Schedule

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On-Campus Courses

Weeklong On-Campus – 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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Weeklong On-Campus – 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 (2)

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Instructor: Natalie F. Taylor (Skidmore College)

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Weeklong On-Campus – 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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Weeklong On-Campus – 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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Online Courses

Four Week Courses

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 503 O1B: 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: 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 660 O6C: 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 660 O7D: 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 660 O7E: 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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AHG 660 O7F: 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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