U.S. The Young Republic (512:302) Fall 2017
Prof. Tom Jeffrey
Campus phone: 848-445-2710
Office: 208 Van Dyck Hall
Office Hours: MTh, 7:30-8:00a.m., 9:30-10a.m. or by appointment
is a comprehensive examination of political, economic, and social developments
Risjord, Norman. Jefferson's
Constitution of the
Kaminski, John, & Leffler, Richard. Federalists and Antifederalists (2nd edition)
Hickey, Donald. War of 1812 (CP) pages 5-28 (Chapter 1); pages 39-51 (part of Chapter 2); pages 300-309 (conclusion)
“Anatomy of a Mystery: The Jefferson-Hemings
Controversy in the Post-DNA Era.”
Curtis, James C. Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vincidation
Coffin Handbills (YR)
Haynes, Sam W. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse (CP) 1st edition: pages 104-116 (part of Chapter 7), 123-133 (Chapter 8); 3rd edition: pages 115-128, 137-148.
Hietala, Thomas. Manifest Design (CP) 132-134, 152-166, 194-195, 204-208, 243-253 (parts of various chapters)
Merk, Frederick. "Dissent in the Mexican War" (CP) in Samuel Eliot Morison, ed, Dissent in Three American Wars, pages 35-63.
Selections from these books are in the course packet available at the
YR = This reading can be downloaded from the Lecture Outlines
page of the
II. Examinations, Papers, and Grades
be two in-class examinations (October 23 and November 30). The second exam will not be comprehensive but will be based
on the lectures and assigned readings for the period after the first exam.
Study questions for each examination will be available on the
In addition to the exams, there will be two writing assignments due on October 16 and December 18.
(1) A summary (1-2 double-spaced pages) of Donald Hickey's War of 1812 (in course packet) will be due on October 16. This assignment will be graded on a pass/fail basis (i.e., if you turn in the assignment on time and you haven't plagiarized, you pass).
(2) A final assignment, due on December 18, in which students will be given a choice of (a) writing a theme paper of 8-10 pages (see below for topic) or (b) submitting summaries of the three readings from the course packet relating to the Mexican War (Haynes, Hietala, Merk). These choices will be explained in greater detail on December 4, in the class that follows the second exam.
The course packet summaries will be graded on a pass/fail basis and will not affect your final course grade based on the average of your two exams. The theme paper may improve your course grade depending on the quality of the product (however, there is no guarantee that it will do so; the only guarantee is that it will not lower your course grade).
participation and attendance will also be taken into consideration in
determining your final grade. Attendance at
III. The Announcements page on the
IV. Classroom Etiquette
Students should be in their seats by the time the lecture begins at 8:10a.m. Please do not begin packing your books or otherwise preparing to leave class until I have completed the lecture. Such behavior is distracting both to me and to other students. Laptop computers are permitted for the purpose of taking notes. However, all other electronic devices (for example, cell phones and iPads) should be put away when the lecture begins. Thank you for your cooperation.
V. Topics and Assignments
each topic are posted on the
Introduction (September 7)
The U.S. during the 1780s (September 11, 14)
The "Critical Period" and the Debate over the U.S. Constitution (September 18, 21)
READ and DISCUSS (September 21): Federalists & Antifederalists, all introductions + pp. 4-13, 21-32, 42-45, 58-66, 70-74, 76-83, 86-92, 106-17, 121-26, 136-42, 159-64, 168-72, 183-93, 200-205, 215-19
Party Building and Nation Building (September 25, 28)
"Entangling Alliances": The Debate Over Foreign Policy (October 2, 5)
"The Revolution of 1800" and the Advent of Jeffersonian Democracy (October 9, 12)
"Free Trade and Sailors Rights": The Controversy over Neutral Rights (October 16)
Course packet summary (Hickey, "War of 1812") due.
The War of 1812 (October 19)
FIRST IN-CLASS EXAM: Monday, October 23
Aftermath of War: The "Era of Good Feelings" (October 26, 30)
The Supreme Court in the Early Republic (October 30)
Tocqueville's America: The U.S. during the 1830s (November 2)
DISCUSS: (1) Narrative of Frederick Douglass; (2) “The Jefferson-Hemings
Controversy in the post-DNA Era” [on
"The Age of Reform": Persuasion and Coercion (November 13)
The Abolitionist Movement and the Growth of Political Antislavery (November 16)
Andrew Jackson and the Revival of Political Parties (November 16, 20)
READ and DISCUSS (November 20): Andrew Jackson and Coffin Handbills [on Young Republic website].
Parties and Politics during the "Age of Jackson" (November 21 [Tuesday class], November 27)
SECOND IN-CLASS EXAM: November 30
Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Policy” (December 4)
The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler (December 4)
“Don’t Mess with Texas”: The Texas Issue and Presidency of James K. Polk (December 7)
LISTEN AND ENJOY: "James K. Polk: Napoleon of the Stump" [on Young Republic website].
The Bitter Fruit of "Manifest Destiny”: The Coming of the Civil War (December 11)
READ and DISCUSS (December 8): (1) Haynes, James K. Polk; (2) Hietala, Manifest Design; (3) Merk, Dissent in the Mexican War [readings from course packet]
THEME PAPERS AND COURSE PACKET SUMMARIES DUE: December 18, 12:00 NOON.
No theme papers will be accepted prior to December 13. Course packet summaries may be submitted any time between December 11 and December 18. Additional information about submitting papers will be posted at the appropriate time on the Announcements page of the Young Republic website.
V. Theme Paper (8-10 pp.)
Throughout the early years of the
Themes: The first two sections of your paper should take into consideration (1) the major foreign-policy crises of the period (including the "war scares" of 1794 and 1798); (2) the attitude of the political parties toward foreign affairs; (3) the economic, political, diplomatic, ideological, and strategic issues involved; and (4) the role of presidential leadership. Section 2 should also take into consideration the alternatives to war available in 1812 and 1846.
Section 3 should take into consideration following criteria for a "just war": (1) it must be undertaken by lawful authority; (2) it must be waged for the purpose of vindicating an undoubted right that has been infringed; (3) it must be a last resort, after all peaceful measures have been exhausted; (4) the good sought must outweigh the evils that war inevitably produces; and (5) the methods of war must be legitimate and proportionate.
sources used for your paper should include the assigned readings and the
relevant lectures. All direct quotations from the readings should appear in
quotation marks with reference in parentheses to the author's last name and the
page on which the quotation appears [example: (Hickey, p. 50)]. Since the
purpose of this paper is to measure your analytical abilities and comprehension
of the material presented in this course, you are not encouraged to use outside
sources. If you do use outside sources, all quotations