History | Revolutionary America
A302 | 2963 | Knott


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

The American Revolution entailed not only fighting a war and writing
a constitution but also reworking an entire culture. The course is
neither military nor narrowlydefined political history. Rather, we
will focus on the social and cultural history of this formative
period of American history. We will be asking two main questions:
What does it take to make a revolution? What does it take to make a
nation? Topics will range from officers' toasts and the portrayal of
George Washington, to slave runaways and women camp-followers, to the
first American novels and Fourth of July parades. We will go on to
look at popular memory of the war in twentieth century film.

Readings will include Eve Kornfield, Creating an American Culture,
17751800 and Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory
and the American Revolution. This course is made up of lectures, some
discussion and weekly readings of secondary and/or primary texts (50-
100 pages). Evaluation will be based on a blend of short assignments,
papers and exams. For education students taking the class, there will
be an optional alternative assignment to put together a teaching plan
on the American Revolution.