Course Description

470.610 - American Political Thought

This course focuses on the development of these principles of equality and liberty, beginning with the founding period and ending with the "rebirth of freedom" at the close of the Civil War. In other words, we will examine the many crises along the way toward the realization of America's principles, from the early debates over federalism and slavery, to the crisis of nullification, to the Civil War. Other themes will also be examined, including the development of American character and democratic culture. We will study these themes through an examination of primary source materials.