History | Society, Culture, and Politics in Antebellum America
A384 | 2830 | Gamber
Above section open to undergraduates only
This course examines major developments in the United States roughly
from 1815 to 1860. Its primary focus is the widespread economic,
social, cultural, and political impact of the market revolution (the
rise of commercial agriculture, the growth of cities, the beginnings
of industrialization, and the ascendance of “market values”).
Specific topics include the expansion and persistence of slavery,
the rise and decline of the "second party system" and the meaning
of "Jacksonian democracy," the rise of evangelical Christianity and
the proliferation of antebellum reform movements, and the coming of
the Civil War. This course stresses the interconnections between
economic, social, cultural, and political developments.
Students will be required to attend class regularly, to participate
actively, and to complete assigned readings. In addition, they will
have short quizzes on assigned readings, two short (4-6-page)
papers, a midterm, and a final. All written assignments will be in
essay format; all will emphasize interpretation and analysis rather
than memorization of facts and events.
John F. Marszalek, "The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex
in Andrew Jackson’s White House"
Louis P. Masur, 1831: "Year of Eclipse"
Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, "The Kingdom of Matthias"
T. S. Arthur, "Ten Nights in a Bar-room"
Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin"