American Revolutions

The United States has experienced multiple political, economic, religious, social, and cultural upheavals. In this course, we will examine these small- and large-scale “revolutions” in U.S. history to better understand their causes and consequences. We will pay particular attention to how cultural differences between social groups contribute to these conflicts, and how certain social groups have more power to assert that their ways of doing things are the “right”
ones. Among the struggles for equality, respect, and representation that we may discuss are the following: the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, the War on Terror, labor movements, feminist movements, LGBTQIA movements, racial/ethnic rights movements (civil rights, American Indian, Chicano, Black Lives Matter), and struggles for religious freedom and representation. As we investigate these American “revolutions,” we will also investigate our own relationship to each of these struggles while developing greater understanding of those who are not like us.