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

Spring 2009

HIS 350L • America At War-W

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Course Description

There is a fundamental paradox in American history: that a nation that considers itself peace-loving has gone to war more often than any other nation during the last two centuries. The course will examine why and how America has gone to war, and whether America's wars have accomplished what Americans expected. Readings will cover all major wars from the Revolutionary War to the current war in Iraq. Students will comment on the readings orally and in writing, and will research at least one war in depth, producing an original paper of 15 to 25 pages

Grading Policy

Two essays of 2-3 pages each - 20% One research Paper of 15-25 pages - 60% Class Participation - 20%


Readings (in whole or in part): R. Divine, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace A. de Tocqueville, Democracy in America T. Paine, Common Sense Declaration of Independence B. Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution R. Brown, Republic in Peril F. Merk, Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History Texas Ordinance of Secession A. Lincoln, Gettysburg Address J. McPherson, For Cause and Comrades T. Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life K. Hoganson, Fighting for American Manhood W. Wilson, Fourteen Points T. Knock, To End All Wars F. Roosevelt, The Four Freedoms R. Divine, The Reluctant Belligerent H. Truman, The Truman Doctrine Gulf of Tonkin Resolution F. Logevall, Choosing War National Security Strategy of the United States (2002)


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