AMH 6199, Nineteenth Century

Fall Semester 2004


Professor Elizabeth Dale

Keene-Flint 025




Office hours: Monday 1-2:30 PM





Students in the course will be graded on two things:


·        First, class participation which includes both participating (actively, and frequently) in class discussion and your presentations (which we will discuss in greater detail the first week of classes. This will be worth 25% of your final grade

·        Second, your seminar paper, which will be a 20-25 page paper analyzing a particular aspect of 19th Century historiography. Your grade for the paper will have two parts, you will be graded on a draft, which you must turn in three weeks before the end of the semester, and the final version, which will be due during finals week. The draft will be worth 25% of your final grade, the final paper will be worth 50%



Readings list:


Note, all books listed below (titles in italics) have been ordered and should be available at the University bookstore. All are also available through and other on line sources.


All but one article below is available on line through the UF library website, either in Jstor, Project Muse, or through the e-journal link. The exception, the article in Presidential Studies is available in a bound volume at the library.



Week 1 (August 23):

Democracy in America


Week 2: (August 30):

Affairs of Honor

Rohrbaugh, “The Political Duel in the Early Republic: Burr v. Hamilton,” Journal of the Early Republic 15 (1995): 1-23


Week 3: (Sept 6)

No class, Labor Day


Week 4: (Sept 13)

City of Women

Kelley, “ ‘A Most Glorious Revolution: Women’s Antebellum Reading Circles and the Pursuit of Public Information,” New England Quarterly 76 (2003): 163-196.


Week 5 (Sept 20)

Murder of Helen Jewett

Trotti, “Review Essay: The Lure of Sensational Murder,” Journal of Social History 35 (2001): 429-__


Week 6: (Sept 27)

Transformation of American Law

Isenberg, “The Market Revolution in the Borderlands,” Journal of the Early Republic 21 (2001): 445-468


Week 7: (Oct 4)

Nature’s Metropolis

Aron, “The Next Western History,” Western Historical Quarterly 33 (2002): 337-341


Week 8: (Oct 11)

Masters of Small Worlds

Carup, “ ‘I could not Stay There’: Enslaved Women, Truancy, and the Geography of Everyday Forms of Resistance,” Slavery and Abolition 23 (Dec 2002): 1-20


Week 9: (Oct 18)

Free Soil, Free Labor

Vollmers, “Industrial Slavery in the US: The North Carolina Turpentine Industry, 1841-1861,” Accounting, Business, and Financial History 13 (Nov 2003): 23


Week 10: (Oct 25)

Civic Wars

Langston,  A Rumor of Sovereignty,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 23 (1993): 669-682 [NOT available on line]


Week 11: (Nov 1):

Confederate War

Kornblith, “Rethinking the Coming of the Civil War,” Journal of American History 90 (2003): 76-105


Week 12: (Nov 8)

A Nation Under our Feet

Lichtenstein, “Was the Emancipated Slave a Proletarian?” Reviews in American History 26 (1998): 124-145


Week 13: (Nov 15)

Mormon Question

Hardy, “ ‘Regeneration—Now and Forever!’ Mormon Polygamy and the Physical Rehabilitation of Mankind,” Journal of Sexuality 10 (2001): 40-61


Week 14 (Nov 22)

Gender and Jim Crow

Dennis, “Looking Backward: Woodrow Wilson, the New South and the Question of Race,” American Nineteenth Century 3 (Spring 2002): 77-104


Week 15: (Nov 29)

Search for Order

Beckert, “Democracy and its Discontents,” Past and Present 174 (2002): 116-157


Week 16 (Dec 6)