HSTA 304 Course Schedule

NOTE: All dates and assignments are subject to change. Please be aware of any announcements made in class, via the course website, or on Blackboard.

All readings are due on the date listed below. Each student is responsible for locating any reading in a journal or the Early American Imprints database. Brief selections from books will be available as e-reserves on the course Blackboard site.

Last updated: October 8, 2017

Topic Reading Assignment
Weds., Sept. 6 Introduction to the Course
Thurs., Sept. 7 Thinking about the Revolution
  • Wood, American Revolution, Preface, ch. I
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “‘Pursuits of Happiness’: Dark Threads in the History of the American Revolution,” in The Harvard Sampler: Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Jennifer M. Shephard, Stephen Michael Kosslyn, and Evelynn Maxine Hammonds (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011), 341–66. (Blackboard)
Mon., Sept. 11 Colonial Society
  • Wood, American Revolution, ch. II
Weds., Sept. 13 Seven Years War
Thurs., Sept. 14 Imperial Crisis I
  • Find early coverage of the Stamp Act in May/June 1765
  • Boston Gazette, Aug. 19, 1765
  • Boston News-Letter, Aug. 29, 1765
  • New-York Mercury, Sept. 9, 1765
  • Pennsylvania Gazette, Oct. 31, 1765
  • Georgia Gazette, Nov. 21, 1765
  • Find coverage of repeal in May/June 1766

The above are all available through the America’s Historical Newspapers database via the library website.

Bring your laptop to class
Mon., Sept. 18 Imperial Crisis II
  • Wood, American Revolution, ch. III
Weds., Sept. 20 – Mon.,Oct. 2 Parental Leave Please see Alternate Assignment page for details on work to be completed during Dr. Adelman’s absence.
Weds., Oct. 4 The March to War
Thurs., Oct. 5 The rage militaire of 1775
  • Charles Royster, A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 (Chapel Hill: IEAHC, University of North Carolina Press, 1979), Prologue and Ch. 1 (3-53) (Blackboard)
  • Harold Gill and George M. Curtis III, eds., A Man Apart: The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1781(Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009), Ch. 3, 100-27 (Blackboard)
  • Maier, American Scripture, introduction, ch. 1
Mon., Oct. 9 NO CLASS – Columbus Day
Weds., Oct. 11 The Move Toward Independence
  • Thomas Paine, Common Sense (Philadelphia, 1776), excerpt. (Blackboard)
11:59pm: Twitter Assignment spreadsheet due by email
Thurs., Oct. 12 Independence
Mon., Oct. 16 The War for Independence I
Weds., Oct. 18 The War for Independence II
Thurs., Oct. 19 The War Moves South
  • Jim Piecuch, “Incompatible Allies: Loyalists, Slaves, and Indians in Revolutionary South Carolina,” in War and Society in the American Revolution: Mobilization and Home Fronts, ed. John Resch and Walter Sargent (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007), pp. 191-214. (Blackboard)
  • Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (New York: Random House, 2015), ch. 12. (Blackboard)
Mon., Oct. 23 A Republican Vision of Society
  • Wood, American Revolution, chs. IV-V
Weds., Oct. 25 Creating State Governments
Thurs., Oct. 26 Women and the Revolution
  • Kerber, Women of the Republic, chs. 2-4
Mon., Oct. 30 A Perpetual Union?
Weds., Nov. 1 The Critical Period
Thurs., Nov. 2 Debt and Credit
  • Holton, Unruly Americans, 3-123
Mon., Nov. 6 The Constitution of 1787
Weds., Nov. 8 Laboratory Day Bring your laptop to class
Thurs., Nov. 9 Consolidation
  • Holton,Unruly Americans, 127-223
Mon., Nov. 13 Ratification
Weds., Nov. 15 Laboratory Day Bring your laptop to class
Thurs., Nov. 16 Ratification and the Bill of Rights In-class debate
Mon., Nov. 20 Ratification and the Bill of Rights In-class debate
Weds., Nov. 22 Seventeen Eighty-Nine TBD
Thurs., Nov. 23 NO CLASS – Thanksgiving Day
Mon., Nov. 27 New Politics for a New Era I
Weds., Nov. 29 New Politics for a New Era II
Thurs., Nov. 30 Who really lost the American Revolution?
  • Kerber, Women of the Republic, ch. 6
  • Manisha Sinha, “To ‘cast just obliquy’ on Oppressors: Black Radicalism in the Age of RevolutionWilliam and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 64, no. 1 (2007): 149-60.
  • Ruth Wallis Herndon & Ella Wilcox Sekatau, “The Right to a Name,” Ethnohistory 44, no. 3 (Summer 1997): 443-54.
Mon., Dec. 4 Atlantic Contexts I Twitter project reflection due
Weds., Dec. 6 Atlantic Contexts II
Thurs., Dec. 7 Reverberations
  • Kerber, Women of the Republic, chs. 7-9
  • David S. Shields and Fredrika J. Teute, “The Republican Court and the Historiography of a Women’s Domain in the Public Sphere,” Journal of the Early Republic 35, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 169-183
Mon., Dec. 11 The Enduring Legacy I
  • Maier, American Scripture, ch. 4
Book Review due
Weds., Dec. 13 The Enduring Legacy II
  • Zara Anishanslin, “’This Is the Skin of a Whit[e] Man’: Material Memories of Violence in Sullivan’s Campaign,” in The American Revolution Reborn, edited by Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), 187-204. (Blackboard)
Thurs., Dec. 14 The Revolution Today Bring an example of the American Revolution from contemporary news