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

Summer 2007

HIS w306N • Key Ideas & Issues in Amer History-Summer Freshman Course

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Course Description

After the Americans established their independence from Britain by creating the modern worlds first republic, they faced the hard reality of translating republican principles into government practice. How would the new nation promote liberty and maintain political, financial, and social stability? In this ten-week class, students will explore this question by looking at the struggles of the founding brothers in the 1790s and by considering the issues posed by slavery, the role of women in the new nation, and the nations relationship with Native Americans.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Grading Policy

The class format will be lecture and discussion. Students will be required to read 4 monographs (listed below) and a collection of essays. Grades will be based upon student performance on the following:

Three 50-minute tests (each 20%) One cumulative final exam (40%)


Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers Nancy Cott, Bonds of Womanhood: Womens Sphere in New England, 1780-1835 A.F.C. Wallace, The Long, Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly


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