Participation is vital to your success in this course. You are expected to attend all course meetings and to come to class prepared. That is, you should have completed the assigned reading, have a hard copy with you in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions. You will lose credit for participation after four absences, except in documented cases for extended family or medical emergencies. NOTE: Absence from more than 30% of class meetings without documentation will be grounds for failure of the course.
Townshend Acts Twitter Project (25 % – due Tuesday, October 10)
Students will participate in a group project to produce a Twitter feed that commemorates the 250th anniversary of the protests against the Townshend Acts. Working in groups of 2-3, students will be responsible for developing a series of tweets that “livetweet” one week’s worth of protests. In addition to the tweets themselves, students will turn in a document that includes references and citations for all information. At the conclusion of the project (due December 1), students will write a 500-word reflection on the project.
Oral Presentation (15% – due Thursday, November 16)
As part of the discussion of the Constitution, the class will stage a debate about ratification for which each student will play an assigned role, which he or she must research and prepare for in advance. Roles will be determined the week of November 6.
Book Review (15% – due Monday, December 11)
Each student will select one of three books assigned for the course (Holton, Kerber, Maier) and write a 750-word academic book review that both summarizes the arguments of the book and places it within the appropriate historiography.
Final Examination (25 % – due Thursday, December 21 at 11:00am)
The final examination will be a take-home essay of 3,000-3,500 words (excluding footnotes) on an assigned question. Full details will be distributed in class on Thursday, November 30.
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (New York: Hill and Wang, 2008). ISBN: 978-0-8090-1643-3
Linda K. Kerber, Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (Chapel Hill: IEAHC, University of North Carolina Press, 1980. ISBN: 978-0-8078-4632-2
Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997). ISBN: 978-0-6797-7908-7
Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution: A History (New York: Modern Library Chronicles, 2003). ISBN: 978-0-8129-7041-8