Stagg, J.C.A.

Seminar in United States History

War of 1812: Past & Present
HIUS
4501
Undergraduate
Spring
2018

Between 2012 and 2015 Americans will witness, in varying ways and to differing degrees, celebrations marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  These celebrations, however, will consist of no more than a very limited number of selected historical memories from the war-time years in the history of the early republic.  They will not enable us to fit the War of 1812 into any coherent understanding of its proper place in the nation's past.  This class will help students to understand how this state of selective historical memory-or amnesia-came into being while, at the same time, permit them to see the conflict as the culminating moment of several major themes that shaped the development of the early American nation.  Requirements for the class will include the writing of a research paper (20-30 pp.) based on primary and secondary sources.  Students will be expected to work through more than one draft of this paper.  These requirements will fulfill the second writing requirement for those who need it.  A list of books to be read will be available later.    

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15
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Introductory Seminar in U.S. History

James Madison & Making of US
HIUS
1501
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.

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Maximum Enrollment: 
15
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Seminar in United States History

War of 1812: Past and Present
HIUS
4501
Undergraduate
Spring
2016

Between 2012 and 2015 Americans will witness, in varying ways and to differing degrees, celebrations marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  These celebrations, however, will consist of no more than a very limited number of selected historical memories from the war-time years in the history of the early republic.  They will not enable us to fit the War of 1812 into any coherent understanding of its proper place in the nation's past.  This class will help students to understand how this state of selective historical memory-or amnesia-came into being while, at the same time, permit them to see the conflict as the culminating moment of several major themes that shaped the development of the early American nation.  Requirements for the class will include the writing of a research paper (20-30 pp.) based on primary and secondary sources.  Students will be expected to work through more than one draft of this paper.  These requirements will fulfill the second writing requirement for those who need it.  A list of books to be read will be available later.    

Course Instructor: 
Maximum Enrollment: 
12
Course Type: 

Introductory Seminar in U.S. History

James Madison & Making of US
HIUS
1501
Undergraduate
Fall
2016

Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.

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The War of 1812 in the Past and the Present

HIUS
4501
Undergraduate
Spring
2016

A seminar devoted to the War of 1812 as a moment in American (and Canadian) historical memory and as a formative episode in the history of the early American republic.  Particular attention will be given to historiography, diplomacy, the armed forces, Native Americans, and slaves.  The writing requirement is a major research paper (20-30 pages) based on primary and  secondary sources.

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Seminar in United States History

"James Madison and the Making of the United States"
HIUS
4501
Undergraduate
Fall
2015

The seminar will be devoted to an intensive investigation of the role of James Madison in the formation and early development of the American republic (1770s to the 1830s). Particular attention will be paid the relationship between thought and action in Madison’s career through such topics as constitutionalism, politics, foreign policy, slavery, individual rights and civil liberties.  For the meetings of the class students will be required to read relevant selections of The Papers of James Madison: Digital Edition in conjunction with a wide range of historical and other commentaries on the same issues, including some decisions of the Supreme Court.  The written requirement for the class is the submission of a substantial research paper (20-25 pp.), based on the digital edition of Madison’s papers and supplemented with appropriate secondary sources.  Students will be referred to the best and most recent historical scholarship on the various aspects of Madison’s public life.

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904

  

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