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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2007

HIS 350L • New American Repub, 1780-1830-W

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Course Description

Even after the United States won the Revolution, this victory did not immediately guarantee national unity or a clear sense of what it meant to be "American." The period that came to be known as the early republic was marked by intense strugglesfor political stability, in acquiring new territories and conquering wildernesses, in developing new industries and economic markets, and in creating American arts and letters. Throughout these struggles, new kinds of social groups fought over participation in the new nationSouthern planters, female intellectuals, small farmers, enslaved peoples, displaced native peoples, Jeffersonian democrats, and Hamiltonian federalists, to name a few.

This class will examine all of the competing voices in this crucial era by focusing on the shared concern to create a new nation and a new culture. We will examine extensively the rise of new kinds of public documents (such as sheet music, political pamphlets, personal diaries and letters, novels, and public art) as a way of plumbing the contested ideas about what it meant to participate in the culture of the time. Overall, we will see that despite their impulses to find a common ground of identity and culture, the United States was a multivalent, complex society by 1830one that still worried about the possibility of falling apart, perhaps even by a civil war.

Grading Policy

Students will write a 12- to 15-page research paper in three sections, which will give them the opportunity to revise and expand on their ideas as they progress throughout the semester.


James Fenimore Cooper, Last of the Mohicans Saul Cornell, The Other Founders Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer Hannah Foster, The Coquette Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia Linda Kerber, Women of the Republic The Journals of Lewis and Clark David Waldstreicher, In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes David Walker, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party


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