POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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America is known as a nation of doers. Its folk heroes like Molly Pitcher, Daniel Boone, Geronimo, and Harriet Tubman were men and women of action. Its archetypes—The Pioneer, the Entrepreneur, the Vigilante, the Inventor, and the Founder—get things done. But is this the sum of the nation? Have Americans embraced action and exploit, while leaving the life of the mind to their (coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking) continental counterparts?

In American Political Thought, we’ll examine the frequently neglected history of American ideas, focusing on major early works from the eighteenth century to the Civil War. Over the course of the semester, we’ll investigate three fundamental political concepts in turn: Government, Citizenship, and Factions. In each section, we’ll pay particular attention to the ways in which each concept is shaped by historical events and the demands of political action. We’ll also examine how each concept changes over time and chart the dynamic and evolving character of American political thought.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
16POLSCI 101 or Jr>
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Hi Class, 
Two things on the books. First, many of these books can be purchased online at deep discounts. I've seen the Emerson go for as little as $0.01 (which is absolutely no reflection on your brilliance, Ralph Waldo.) 
Second, we'll be reading the following books in the first portion of the semester (and in this order): Morone, Paine, and The Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers. These are the ones you need to get first.  
See you in September,  
Jennet Kirkpatrick
ISBN: 9780300074659
The democratic wish : popular participation and the limits of American government, Author: James A. Morone., Publisher: Yale University Press Rev. ed. 1998
ISBN: 0872202933
A disquisition on government ; and, Selections from the Discourse, Author: John C. Calhoun ; edited, with an introduction, by C. Gordon Post ; foreword by Shannon C. Stimson., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1995
ISBN: 0486277909
Self-reliance, and other essays, Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson., Publisher: Dover Publications Dover Thri 1993
ISBN: 0451528247
The classic slave narratives, Author: edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Publisher: Signet Classics 2002
ISBN: 0872206556
The essential Federalist and anti-Federalist papers, Author: edited, with introduction, by David Wootton., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2003
ISBN: 0452009219
Common sense, the rights of man, and other essential writings of Thomas Paine, Author: with an introd. by Sidney Hook., Publisher: Meridian 1. Meridia 1984
ISBN: 0674022165
American citizenship : the quest for inclusion, Author: Judith N. Shklar., Publisher: Harvard University Press 1. ed., 3. 1995
ISBN: 9780691118765
The higher law : Thoreau on civil disobedience and reform, Author: Henry D. Thoreau ... [et al.]., Publisher: Princeton University Press New ed. 2004
ISBN: 0553214640
Democracy in America : the complete and unabridged volumes 1 and 2, Author: Alexis de Tocqueville. Transl. by Henry Reeve. With an Introd. by Joseph Epstein., Publisher: Bantam Complete a 2000
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