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Due to the fact that we were running one day behind and then we received a snow day, we are not running about two days behind schedule.  This does not affect paper due dates or joint sessions.  Students are still expected to cover all the readings according to the sequence syllabus and the handouts.  Make a special note of February 22 (Paper #1 is due).  You are still expected to do the readings, so make a special effort to be ready.


Friday, February 12

Revolutions in Political Identity: France

Text: chap. 26 (pp. 642-49); Sources: Declarations of the Rights of Man (Johnson, pp. 102-04); Anthology: Revolutionary Documents

Declaration of the Rights of Man

1)       Why is this document so radical?

2)       Who and what falls under attack in this document?

3)       Was there anyone left out of this document?

French Revolutionary Documents (Anthology)

1)       Which groups and institutions did Sieyes attack in “What is the Third Estate?”

2)       Did the French Revolution go beyond changing the political system?

3)       What duties did the new French revolutionary regime impose upon its citizens?

4)       Keeping in mind the “Law of Suspects” and Robespierre’s declarations, did the French Revolution overreach?  To which Enlightenment author does this allude?


Tuesday, February 16

Expanding Political Identities

Text: chap. 26 (pp. 649-55); Anthology: Women in the Age of Revolution

1)       What is Abigail Adams’ argument regarding the equality of women during the American Revolution?

2)       What is Olympe De Gouges’ purpose in writing her Declaration?

3)       Why does De Gouges place such an emphasis on women and marriage?

General Questions: What do the difficulties for Haiti and for women within the French and American revolutionary movements say about individuals and attitudes at the time?


Wednesday, February 17

Reconsidering Revolutions of Identity

Text: chap. 26 (pp. 655-61), chap. 27 (pp. 710-17); Sources: Bolívar

Bolívar, The Jamaica Letter (Johnson)

1)       What is Bolívar’s opinion of Spain?

2)       What kind of attitudes does Bolívar exhibit toward his fellow Americans?

3)       What choices for post-independence government does Bolívar mention and which does he envision for the former American Spanish colonies?

4)       What ideals appear to drive Bolívar’s bid for independence?

General Question: Were the independence wars in Latin America liberal or conservative?












Friday, February 19

Beginnings of Industrialization: An Economic and Social Revolution

Text: chap. 27 (pp. 664-72); Sources: Malthus, Sadler

Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population

1)       How do human population and means subsistence increase?

2)       If there is overpopulation, how is this corrected?

3)       What are his general conclusions regarding population and subsistence?


The Saddler Report

1)       What were working conditions like during the first part of the Industrial Revolution?

2)       Why would workers continue working?

3)       Why would employers continue employing them in these conditions?


General Question: Be prepared to define “Industrialization” and “Factory System” and why they constitute such important changes.


Monday, February 22 Paper 1 Due!

Assessing Industrial Challenges

Text: chap. 27 (pp. 672-76)

Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein

1)       What does this work say about the nature of human beings and machines?

2)       What does it say about roles of women and men?

3)       Can technology go to far? If so, what is the option?

4)       What is Romantic about this work?


Wednesday, February 24

Defining Self in an Industrial World

Text: chap. 27 (pp. 672-76); Sources: Marx and Engels, Mill

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto

1)       What are the social classes according to the text?

2)       What will happen to industrial society in the future?  Why will it come about?

3)       What policies are to be adopted to change society for the better?

Mill, “The Subjection of Women”

Why does Mill think women have been given a lower status than men?


Friday, February 26

Expanding American Identity

Text: chap. 28 (pp. 699-702); Sources: Stanton; Begin Reading Frederick Douglass

Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments”

1)       What text does Stanton use to craft her “Declaration?” Why do you think she chose it?

2)       What was the legal and social condition of women according to the text?