History 101.018

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
205 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12

This seminar will focus on the politics of slavery in the United States from the formation of the Constitution to the onset of the Civil War. We will define ";politics"; broadly, to encompass both political institutions and political culture, which will allow for a wide range of topics and sources. Possible areas for research include: slavery and party politics; the political culture of the Southern gentry; Northern racism; abolitionist thought; slavery and foreign policy. Students who wish to write on topics from other periods of United States history that relate to the basic problem of this seminar are certainly welcome, but our common readings will focus on slavery and American political life before 1860.