AMCULT 308 - American Constitutional History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students should have a good general knowledge of United States History, such as that acquired in HISTORY 260 and 261, or equivalent rigorous high school history courses.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

From the early origins of popular sovereignty to today's struggles over equality, this course investigates constitutional thought and activity in America. We will examine constitutional amendments, Supreme Court cases, and political battles over citizenship and voting rights that have affected how "the people" are constituted. Beginning with the Revolution and the Constitutional Convention and ratification, and continuing through the period of slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow, we explore the interactions between social movements and legal change. Reaching the twentieth century, we turn to upheavals around territorial expansion, executive power, the New Deal, American Indian status, African-American civil rights, wartime civil liberties, women's rights, LGBT Rights, and immigrants’ rights. The course puts a particular emphasis on students’ own interpretation of primary sources, from testimony before the 1871 Congressional hearings on the Ku Klux Klan, to contests reaching the federal courts in the present moment.

Course Requirements:

Two examinations: a midterm and a final. These will include both an "objective" component (typically of the "identify and give the significance" style) and an essay (or two for the final). A ten page paper based on assigned materials is also required, and will be due about eight to ten weeks into the course.

Intended Audience:

Class Format:

Two weekly lectures, one weekly discussion section.

AMCULT 308 - American Constitutional History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30645
Open
100
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
30646
Open
25
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
30647
Open
25
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
30648
Open
25
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
30649
Open
25
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780195323115
Documents of American constitutional and legal history., Author: Melvin I. Urofsky,... Paul Finkelman,...., Publisher: Oxford University Press 3rd editio 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780813347356
Supreme decisions : great constitutional cases and their impact, Author: Melvin I. Urofsky., Publisher: Westview Press 2012
Required
ISBN: 9780674066229
The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, Author: edited by Jack N. Rakove., Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1. pbk. ed 2012
Required
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