Course Description

United States History

HIUS 7652

Constitutional History I

Constitutional History to 1861
Spring 2016

In 1776, John Adams famously commented that he was living in an era "when the greatest lawgivers of antiquity would have wished to have lived."  This course examines this exciting era in American history, from the colonial era through the mid-eighteenth century, and can also serve as a general introduction to studying law in American history.  Topics include colonial constitutionalism, ratification, slavery and anti-slavery agitation, and the constitutional crisis. 

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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