This course will explore how Americans developed and employed slavery, wage labor, technology, state power and culture to achieve this transformation in the years between 1819 and 1914. Students can expect readings on select topics, class discussions, and independent research culminating in a 20-30 page paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor.
19th Cent American Capitalism
Studies the major developments in American law, politics, and society from the era of Reconstruction to the recent past. Focuses on legal change as well as constitutional law, legislation, and the common law.