Class Schedule

August 23: Introduction


August 25: John Winthrop: A Model of Christian Charity; John Cotton, The Devine Right to Occupy the Land; Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.


August 30:

  • Bryan W Gaines: John Cotton, The Devine Right to Occupy the Land
  • Stefan McBride: Adam Smith, America and the Wealth of Nations.
  • Edmund Burke, Conciliation with America; Samuel Johnson, Taxation No Tyranny


September 1:

         Kristen M Icenhower: Michel St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer

         Beth Maria Rowe: Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson on Slavery; Anonymous (Yates), Brutus #1.


September 6: LABOR DAY.


September 8: Foner, Chapter 1, The Birth of American Freedom.


September 13: Foner, Chapter 2, To Call It Freedom.


September 15:

  • Jeff Lindsey: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, Jefferson and Adams on Aristocracy (1812-1814)
  • Adair Preston: Daniel Webster, Against Universal Manhood Suffrage (1820)
  • Daniel Raymond, Thoughts on Political Economy.


September 20: Examination 1.


September 22: Foner, Chapter 3, An Empire of Liberty.


September 27:

  • Stephen Britchett: Foner, Chapter 4, The Boundaries of Freedom in the Young Republic.


September 29:

  • Marcus Ysasi: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  • Richard James: George Bancroft, The Office of the People
  • Travell Green, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance.


October 4:

  • Charles Neff: Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Young American
  • Nikki May: Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • Keasha Hammons: George Bancroft, The Progress of Mankind.


October 6: Foner, Chapter 5, A New Birth of Freedom.


October 11:

  • Eric Minkler: B.M. Palmer, M.J. Raphall and Henry Ward Beecher, Fast Day Sermons
  • Robyn Bruner: Alexander Stephens, Slavery and the Confederacy.
  • Regina Latimer: Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History


October 13: Foner, Chapter 6, Liberty of Contract and Its Discontents.


October 18:

  • Cherokee Turner: Horatio Storer, The Origins of Insanity in Women
  • Shelly Wells: U.S. Supreme Court, Bradwell v. The State of Illinois
  • Taylor Parker: William Graham Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other


October 20:

  • Dionnne Edwards: W.E.B. Du Bois, Strivings of the Negro People
  • John Franks: Thorstein Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class


October 25: Examination 2.


October 27:

  • Dixie Ardwin: Foner, Chapter 7, Progressive Freedom.


November 1:

  • Mary Murdock: Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life
  • Courtney Ellison: U.S. Supreme Court, Lochner v. New York
  • Amanda E Delaney: William James, The Moral Equivalent of War.


November 3:

  • Ryan Leeper: Clarence S. Darrow and Arthur M. Lewis, Marx Versus Tolstoy
  • Whitney Redd: Walter Lippmann, Drift and Mastery
  • Karen Musgrove: Jane Addams, Social Ethics
  • Christopher Shumake: Robert Frost, North of Boston


November 8:

         Tim Forrest: Foner, Chapter 8, The Birth of Civil Liberties.


November 10:

  • Jennifer McLeckie: U.S. Supreme Court, Abrams v. United States
  • Danette Harms: John F. Carter, Jr., Wild Young People
  • Katherine Hartshorn: Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race
  • Robert Alan Scates: U.S. Supreme Court, Buck v. Bell.


November 15:

  • Joseph Whitecotton: Foner, Chapter 9, The New Deal and the Redefinition of Freedom.


November 17:

  • Douglas Whitney: Foner, Chapter 10, Fighting for Freedom.





November 29:

  • Tyler Beason: Foner, Chapter 11, Cold War Freedom.


December 1:

  • Madonna Scott: Foner, Chapter 12, Sixties Freedom.


December 6:

  • Burns Barr: U.S. Supreme Court, Engel v. Vitale
  • Charles Wayne Bush: U.S. Supreme Court, Brandenburg v. Ohio.


  • Steven Ellis: December 8: Foner, Chapter 13, Conservative Freedom.


December 13: FINAL EXAM