Video for Fall 2015 Course:
HIS 372 Revolutionary America (Dun)
This is a course for students interested in understanding the causes, consequences, and meaning of American independence. For a class treating a relatively short period of time (roughly, 1750-1808), we'll read, talk, and write about a wide variety of topics. Some will be familiar (think the Stamp Act, George Washington, the battle of Princeton, the Constitution, the election of 1800), but others will not (a midwife on the Maine frontier, the Lord Mayor of London, an ex-slave serving in the British Army, an old shoemaker remembering chucking tea into Boston harbor). We'll also think about why this moment is important—how historians have differed about it over time and why elements of it are still being fought among contemporary politicos today. As such, this is also a great course for students who haven't taken a history class at Princeton before.