Analysis of the American Revolution during the eighteenth century. The course considers the causes and the consequences of the colonial rebellion against the British Empire in North America. In particular, it focuses upon the cultural, economic, military, and constitutional issues shaping the struggle for independence. Significant attention will be given to the clash of values, interests, arms, and ambitions transforming the thirteen colonies into the United States in 1787. Prerequisite: HIST 121.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
One of the primary source texts must be assigned and supplemented with at least two secondary source texts. Additional primary and secondary sources may be assigned as well.
Other appropriate scholarly monographs may be assigned.
Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution
By Brown, Richard, ed. (Cengage) Category/Comments - Primary Source Required
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789
By Middlekauff, Robert (Oxford University Press) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes
By Hibbert, Christopher (Norton) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
The American Revolution: A Concise History
By Robert J. Allison (Oxford) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic
By James Kirby Martin, Mark Edward Lender (Wiley-Blackwell) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence
By Pauline Maier (Vintage) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America
By Gary B. Nash (Penguin) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
By Jack N. Rakove (Vintage) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the significant people, places, and events of the American Revolution.
Analyze the factors that shaped colonial resistance movements in Massachusetts and in Virginia.
Explain the responses of natives, blacks, and women to the rebellion against the British Empire.
Analyze the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and trends in the historiography of the American Revolution.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Because the course represents an upper level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., exams, quizzes, papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words. Finally, it must develop student skills and abilities for researching diverse sources of knowledge.
The British Empire in America
George Washington, Commander in Chief
Patriots and Loyalists
The Widening War
Gender and Citizenship
Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris
The Articles of Confederation
Making the Constitution of 1787
Crafting the Bill of Rights
The American Republic
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.