David H. Kleit
In-depth examination of the U.S. from 1820 to 1850, including changes which affected American politics, society, and culture.
Andrew Jackson gained national prominence through victories over Native Americans and the British, and he was nearly elected president in 1824. Finally elected to the White House in 1828, Jackson presided over a tumultuous era of change and conflict with such vigor that it is known as the Age of Jackson. We will explore the major issues and events of the 1820s, 1830s and 1840s: the transportation revolution and the advance of the market economy, slavery and the Nat Turner Revolt, abolitionism and the responding proslavery effort, the womens rights movement and disputes over gender roles, religious revivalism, the Bank War, the emergence of the second party system, Indian Removal, nullification, and American expansion.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will devote class time to discussion in a variety of forms, including small group activities as well as full class discussions. There will also be some lecture.
Previous history classes will be helpful but are not required.
Class assignments and grading
Regular and careful reading of the assignments will provide the necessary basis for active and constructive participation in class discussion. Students will complete one 3 page paper and two 5-6 page papers. Interested students may substitute a 12 page research paper for the two 5-6 page papers. There will be a final exam of essay questions.
Discussion and group work 30% Final essay Exam 30% Writing 40 %