A History of American Democracy: Everything You Need to Know about US History in One Semester
This course explores the sweep of US history, from the colonial period to the present, through the complicated, conflicted topic of democracy. It takes a broad view of democracy, which includes different people’s hopes for their own lives and their visions of the social order as well as public policy, governing institutions, and political participation. In this course, we approach democracy as a moving target, not a well-defined destination. Not only did conceptions of democracy change over time, but Americans also disagreed—often violently—over its meaning. We are still living with the implications today.