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June 2019

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

June 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - June 28, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
$424 – $848

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…

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July 2019

AHG 503 O5B: Sectionalism and Civil War (ONLINE COURSE)

July 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - July 12, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
$424 – $848

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.   Instructors:  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   Course Materials: Syllabus and course…

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AHG 502 O5B: The American Founding (ONLINE COURSE)

July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - July 12, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
$424 – $848

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.   Instructors:  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   Course Materials: Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard   …

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AHG 624 O6A: The American Western (ONLINE COURSE)

July 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - July 26, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
$424 – $848

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…

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AHG 505 O6B: The Progressive Era (ONLINE COURSE)

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - July 26, 2019 @ 10:30 pm
$424 – $848

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.   Instructors:  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 (ONLINE COURSE)

July 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - July 26, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
$424 – $848

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.   Instructors:  S. Adam Seagrave (Arizona State University)   Schedule:  Monday through Thursday, 8:15…

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AHG 643 O7A: Executive Power and the Constitution (ONLINE COURSE)

July 29, 2019 @ 7:00 am - August 9, 2019 @ 10:30 pm
$424 – $848

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.   Instructors:  J. David Alvis (Wofford College)   Schedule:  Monday through Thursday, 7:15 pm to 10:30 pm ET   Course Materials: Course readings can be found…

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AHG 614 O7A: Contemporary America, 1974-Present (ONLINE COURSE)

July 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - August 9, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
$424 – $848

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…

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August 2019

AHG 660 O8E: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (ONLINE COURSE)

August 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - August 22, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
$424 – $848

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…

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