When we talk about American political history, we frequently mean the history of campaigns, elections and party politics. This course approaches American political history in the period before the Civil War from the perspective of people who are often left out of traditional political narratives, including women, minors, people of color, the enslaved, the poor and non-elites. It focuses on informal modes of political engagement, including riots, fetes, parades and conspiracies.
Satisfies a major requirement.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies distribution requirement.