HSTY 306 Course Schedule

Last updated: January 30, 2020

Except as otherwise noted, readings in academic journals should be available through the Whittemore Library. If you are having difficulty locating a particular reading, please contact Prof. Adelman.

Slide Decks

Course Readings

Readings that require a historiography report are marked [H].

Date Topic Reading Assignment
Tues., Jan. 21 Course Introduction

The American Revolution
Thurs., Jan. 23 The Revolutionary Settlement
Tues., Jan. 28 Debating Ratification
Thurs., Jan. 30 Local and National Politics
  • Hamilton, Report on Public Credit, excerpt
  • [H] Brian Phillips Murphy, Building the Empire State: Political Economy in the Early Republic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), ch. 3.
Tues., Feb. 4 Creating a Nation of Citizens
  • [H] Jeffrey L. Pasley, “The Cheese and the Words,” in Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early Republic, ed. Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, David Waldstreicher (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), 31-56
  • [H] Joanne B. Freeman, “Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Act,” in The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History, ed. Meg Jacobs, William J. Novak, Julian E Zelizer (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003), 20-49
Thurs., Feb. 6 Politics and Voting in the Early United States
  • (ALL) Caroline F. Sloat, “A New Nation Votes and the Study of American Politics, 1789-1824,” Journal of the Early Republic 33, no. 2 (2013): 183-86
  • (ALL) Andrew W. Robertson, “Afterword: Reconceptualizing Jeffersonian Democracy,” JER 33, no. 2 (2013): 317-34
  • [H] Each person will also read two of the articles in the special issue of the Journal of the Early Republic on the “New Nation Votes” database. We will distribute them in class on Jan. 30.
Tues., Feb. 11 Researching Elections I Browse databases:

Thurs., Feb. 13 An Empire for Liberty?
  • [H] Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, “Independence for Whom?: Expansion and Conflict in the Northeast and Northwest,” in The World of the Revolutionary American Republic, ed. Andrew Shankman (New York: Routledge, 2014), 116–33.
  • Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XI
Tues., Feb. 18 Researching Elections II Bring laptop to class
Thurs., Feb. 20 Society and Culture in Post-Revolutionary America Paper on elections due
Tues., Feb. 25 Ordinary Lives in the Early Republic Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale, introduction, chs. 1-3
Thurs., Feb. 27 Ordinary Lives in the Early Republic Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale, chs. 4-5
Tues., Mar. 3 Researching Elections III Bring your laptop and your paper to class
Thurs., Mar. 5 Ordinary Lives in the Early Republic Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale, chs. 6-10
Tues., Mar. 10 Elections Presentations
Thurs., Mar. 12 A Nation of Readers
  • Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle,” in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (New York: C.S. Van Winkle, 1819), 57-94.
  • Amelia: or the Faithless Briton (1787)
Essay on Ulrich, Midwife’s Tale due
Tues., Mar. 17-Thurs., Mar. 19 Spring Break
No class meetings
Tues., Mar. 24 The War of 1812 [H] Caitlin A. Fitz, “The Hemispheric Dimensions of Early U.S. Nationalism: The War of 1812, Its Aftermath, and Spanish American Independence,” Journal of American History 102, no. 2 (September 2015): 356–79.
Thurs., Mar. 26 Revolutions in Markets, Transportation, and Communications [H] David Schley, “Tracks in the Streets: Railroads, Infrastructure, and Urban Space in Baltimore, 1828-1840,” Journal of Urban History 39 (2013): 1062-1084.
Tues., Mar. 31 A Slaveholders’ Republic? Jones, Birthright Citizens, introduction, chs. 1-4
Thurs., Apr. 2 Religion in America
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, selection
  • Charles Grandison Finney, “Sinners Bound to Change Their Own Hearts”
  • [H] Emily Conroy-Krutz, “Engaged in the Same Glorious Cause:’ Anglo-American Connections in the American Missionary Entrance into India, 1790-1815,” Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 34, No.1 (Spring 2014): 21-44.
Tues., Apr. 7 Jones, Birthright Citizens, chs. 5-8, conclusion, epilogue
Thurs., Apr. 9 Native Americans and Americanness [H] Michael Witgen, “Seeing Red: Race, Citizenship, and Indigeneity in the Old Northwest,” Journal of the Early Republic 38, no. 4 (2018): 581–611.
Tues., Apr. 14 Andrew Jackson’s America In class:

  • Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) (excerpt)
  • Worcester v. Georgia (1832) (excerpt)
Essay on Jones, Birthright Citizens due
Thurs., Apr. 16 Research Day: Historiography of the Field
Tues., Apr. 21 Masters and Slaves [H] Caitlin Rosenthal, “Slavery’s Scientific Management: Masters and Managers,” in Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development, ed. Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), 62–86.
Thurs., Apr. 23 Research Day: Historiography of the Field
Tues., Apr. 28 Manifest Destiny
Thurs., Apr. 30 Politics and Society in Antebellum America
Tues., May 5 A Dividing Nation
Thurs., May 7 Conclusion

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