HISTORY 315 - American Constitutional History
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
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:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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Description

From the early origins of popular sovereignty to today's struggles over elections and equality, this course investigates constitutional thought and activity in the United States. Beginning with the Revolution, 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. We examine constitutional amendments, Supreme Court cases, and political battles over citizenship and voting rights that have affected how "the people" are constituted. 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 twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Course Requirements:

Short paper assignment, a midterm exam, and a final exam; participation in discussion section is mandatory

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates at any level who have a good general background in US History

Class Format:

Two eighty-minute lectures and one fifty-minute discussion section per week

Schedule

HISTORY 315 - American Constitutional History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29100
Open
51
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (DIS)
 In Person
29101
Open
15
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
004 (DIS)
 In Person
29103
Open
4
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
005 (DIS)
 In Person
29104
Open
10
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
006 (DIS)
 In Person
30491
Open
15
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
007 (DIS)
 In Person
30550
Open
7
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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