POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought: Early
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course covers approximately 230 years of American Political Thought. We explore the early Protestant tradition in New England. This tradition emphasized faith, community, small group participation, and self-government while retaining old-world ideas about hierarchy and the right to exclude dissenters. Next we look at how the Enlightenment took hold in the colonies and the emergence of political debates on independence, rationality, liberty, equality, consent, and limited government. We pay particular attention to the liberal and republican traditions and how they shaped the constitution of 1787. We delve into a range of intellectual and popular movements such as the Great Awakening and Transcendentalism. We consider ideas about class mobility and universal male suffrage. The status of those on the political margins, women, slaves, free Blacks, Native Americans, and indentured servants will also be analyzed. We wrap up with a look at the abolition movement, arguments in favor of slavery, Lincoln’s political thought and the Civil War.

This course is in the Political Theory subfield.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on pop quizzes on the readings, in-class group work, and exams.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought: Early
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780451469885
Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings, Author: Benjamin Franklin (Intro by Isaacson), Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451529947
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, Author: written by himself ; with an introduction by Peter J. Gomes and a new afterword by Gregory Stephens., Publisher: Signet Classics 2005
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