CRN:22013 -- Founders and Foundings -- Founders—from James Madison to Frederick Douglass, Victoria Woodhull, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper—are people who, through their positions in government or leadership in social movements, had significant impacts on the shape of American government and the development of civil rights. This course will give students an opportunity to critically understand these figures in the contexts in which they lived and worked, and through analytical comparison to their own contemporaries. It will also allow students to investigate iconicity as an historical force, and to reconsider some of the dominant tropes of U.S. nationalist popular memory.
A limited number of course sessions will offer virtual “field experiences” (ex. virtual tour of Monticello) to take advantage of how the remote context will allow us to move into historical places beyond Williamsburg and its immediate surroundings. Assignments will include traditional essays and creative opportunities.