Colonial and Revolutionary America
By Stanford University
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This course covers the opening segment of the traditional American history survey. Its major themes are the character of colonial society; the origins and consequences of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act controversy to the adoption of the Federal Constitution; the impact of the Revolution on the general population and culture; and (implicitly) the long-term significance of the social and political history of this era for our conceptions of American nationhood, society, and citizenship. Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.
|1||Colonial and Revolutionary America Course Syllabus||--||2/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||1-2. Two Paradigms of Colonial History (September 24, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses two interpretive frameworks for thinking about American history: conventional (the strict timeframe of colonization) and Atlantic history, the dominant paradigm. (September 24, 2008)||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||3. Republican Constitutionalism in the Age of the Democratic Revolution...or Not (September 26, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses the several aspects of Atlanticism and the way they enable historians to think comparatively about the two major sources of imperial settlement in the new world. (September 26, 2008)||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||4. The Godly Commonwealths of New England (September 29, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses how the colonization of British North America was different from any other colonization efforts. This was done by creating a society that resembles it's parent society demographically. (September 29, 2008)||3/2/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||5. Southern Plantations (October 3, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses how the southern colonies relied heavily on indentured labor, and created a system of gentry where cousins married cousins, women married very young, and families had extremely large numbers of children. (October 3, 2008)||3/2/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||6. Slavery And The Plantation Complex (October 6, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses the idea that slavery, as a status, has existed far longer than has the notion of liberty and equality, and that contemporary thought about slavery is foreign to historical viewpoints. (October 6, 2008)||3/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||7. The Origins Of Racial Slavery (October 8, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses how slavery is similar to feudalism with the major distinction that a slave owner was not obligated to keep their slave alive. He explains how slavery was essential in shaping American culture and the evolution (October 8, 2008)||3/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||8. From African To African American (October 10, 2008)||Professor Rakove discusses methods to weigh the importance of the manifest and latent implications of slavery. He illustrates the idea that race was used as a distinction between classes (being poor verses being a slave). (October 10, 2008)||3/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||9. America As A Post-Reformation Society (October 13, 2009)||Stanford Professor Rakove discusses the influence of religion on American culture through a separation of church and state, but with the creation of a code of laws that reflect religious values. (October 13, 2008)||3/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||10. Puritans and the Dilemma of Conversion (October 15, 2008)||Stanford Professor Rakove discusses the vitality and evolution of American religiosity, and the division of denominations caused by the empowerment of congregations. (October 15, 2008)||3/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||11. The Political Heritage (October 20, 2008)||Stanford Professor Rakove discusses English history political reformation of the seventeenth century. (October 20, 2008)||3/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||12. Commerce and Culture (October 22, 2008)||Stanford Professor Rakove discusses empire as a set of political relationships, commercial arrangements, and cultural norms. (October 22, 2008)||3/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||13. Constitutional Impasse (October 27, 2008)||Stanford Professor Rakove begins to lay out the causes of the American Revolution and asserts the neo-whig argument that the revolution was primarily a result of constitutional disagreements. (October 27, 2008)||3/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||14. The View From London: Or, The Dilemma of Empire (October 29, 2008)||Stanford Professor Rakove discusses the dilemma of colonial America's refutal of British taxation, and the repercussions of the British government's fateful choices. (October 29, 2008)||3/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||15. The Crisis of Independence (November 5, 2008)||Jack Rakove discusses the Boston Tea Party and the ensuing legal acts and public actions that led the Americans to revolt against British rule and taxation. (November 5, 2008)||4/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||17. How Revolutionary Was the War for Independence (November 10, 2008)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove argues that the length of the Revolutionary War caused the colonists to lose their easy patriotism. He discusses the first two phases of war. (November 10, 2008)||4/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||16. Leaving the State of Nature (November 7, 2008)||Jack Rakove discusses the conclusion of the American revolution and the advent of the constitution as a circumstantial product of a legally aware citizenry. (November 7, 2008)||4/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||18. The Mirror of Representation (November 12, 2008)||Professor Jack Rakove discusses American and British strategy during the Revolutionary War, focusing on the importance of revolutionary politics and the role of American civilian militias in securing American victory. (November 12, 2008)||4/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||19. Republican Reforms (November 14, 2008)||Professor Jack Rakove discusses the major dilemmas facing state governments in America as they attempted to draft and ratify constitutions following American independence. (November 14, 2008)||4/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||20. Two (Or More) Roads to Philadelphia (November 17, 2008)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove discusses the development of representation and suffrage policy in the constitution and the differing opinions of John and Abigail Adams. (November 17, 2008)||4/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||22. Three Myths About the Constitution (November 21, 2008)||--||4/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||21. James Madison, Thinking (November 19, 2008)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove discusses the the physical manuscript of the constitution, which shows the political mind at work; it allows us to see how President James Madison intellectually pondered its development. (November 19, 2008)||4/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||22. Why the 1790's Matter (December 1, 2009)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove discusses the ratification of the US constitution, the legality and legitimacy of this process, and the advent of the new framework for the US government. (December 1, 2009)||4/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||23. Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty (December 3, 2009)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove discusses the difference between the constitutionalization of politics verses politicizing the constitution, and how constitutional interpretation varied dependent upon political convictions. (December 3, 2009)||4/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||24. The Protestant Republic (December 5, 2009)||Stanford Professor Jack Rakove discusses the difference between the constitutionalization of politics verses politicizing the constitution, and how constitutional interpretation varied dependent upon political convictions. (December 5, 2009)||4/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Colonial & revolutionary history
This is an excellent course. The best part is prof Rakove's stories. Priceless. Makes me feel like I am in the class.
History comes alive
I picked this up as a companion piece to Professor Rakove's 4 part series with other prominent history professors/authors. He is an excellent lecturer with a wonderful sense of humor. After listening to this course and his 4 part series I've developed a renewed interest in this whole period of America history. Highly recommend it.
His economic analysis is completely............positivistic. I enjoy his history, but he gaffs whenever he errs into econ. How is slavery capitalistic? Is it supposed to be capitalistic because someone profits from work? If so, how is this "capitalistic" production different from any other mode of production? There is no such thing BUT capitalism, but slavery is slightly different, and is in its allocation of resources socialistic by denotation--that is, the profit motive of individuals (in this case, Africans) is sacrificed to the "social need" of some other group (in this case "white slave-owners") who are backed by nothing but superior force (government monopoly on force).
Slavery is NOT capitalistic in any meaningful sense, because the oppression of workers and the denial of their freedom entails a lack of a market for a whole population (namely, an unimpeded African market). We could call slavery protection (favoring slave-owners over Africans) or intervention (government protection of slave status in a legal framework), but we couldn't call it a market phenomenon.
Unfortunately, if you don't understand econ, the entire story of Colonial America (settlers smuggling guns and goods to indians against the laws established by colonial authorities--forming a black market--or colonial merchants trading with other nations/colonies outside of the Navigation Acts and other interventionist and protectionist measures implement by English authorities) looks like a giant concerted push towards the centralization of economic and political power.