Associate Professor of History
About the Seminar
- How did the electorate change between 1800 and the 1830s?
- How did ideas about who was entitled to membership in the political community change?
- How did the practice of politics—the rules of the political game—change?
- Who gained power as the result of these changes? Who lost power? How democratic was the Jacksonian political order?
- What role did ordinary people play in bringing about those changes? What role did political operatives play? What role did Andrew Jackson play?
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- Assigned texts with notes, by Reeve Huston, Associate Professor of History, Duke University (PDF)
- The County Election, 1851-52 by George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811-1879), oil on canvas (PDF)
- "An Address to the People of Rhode Island," Thomas W. Dorr, 1834. Note and text.
- Selections from The American Democrat: A Treatise on Jacksonian Democracy, James Fennimore Cooper, 1838. Note and text.
The next texts are from the National Humanities Center's primary source collection "The Triumph of Nationalism/The House Dividing". Please study the notes, the discussion questions, and the texts.