E Chapter 3

header by Emerson Taymor, 2005

1. The Colonial Era: 1607-1763

2. The Revolutionary Era: 1763-1789

3. The Early National Period: 1789-1824

4. Jacksonian America: 1824-1848

5. Antebellum America: 1848-1860

6. The Civil War Era: 1861-1877

7. The Gilded Age: 1877-1901

8. Progressivism: 1901-1920

9. The Twenties

10. Depression and New Deal: 1929-1939

11. World War II: 1939-1945

12. Early Cold War: 1945-1963

13. Social Ferment: 1945-1960

14. The Sixties

15. The Seventies and After




The Early National Period: 1789-1824

Tyler, The Contrast (1787), a play examining the differences between Americans and Europeans

Judith Sargent Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790)

"A July Fourth Oration," on independence and the evils of slavery, American Mercury (1800)

George Tucker on Gabriel's Rebellion, from "Letter to a Member of the General Assembly of Virginia on the Subject of the Late Conspiracy of Slaves, With a Proposal for their Colonization" (1801); Calvin Schermerhorn on rebellions by enslaved people before 1822; Denmark Vesey-Nat Turner, 1822-1831, from Unrequited Toil (2016)

Seneca chiefs petition Washington for the return of their land (1790); Proposal to maintain Native lands (1793); Tecumseh argues for united native resistance (1810)

Alan Taylor, "The Early Republic's Supernatural Economy: Treasure Seeking in the American Northeast, 1780-1830," American Quarterly (1986)


Washington's Farewell Address (1796); Lindsay Chervinsky on the first White-House political scandal, 1795 (Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2018)

excerpts from the political press and speeches, 1790s; timeline of the 1790s and the First Party System

"governing GPA" assignment comparing Federalists and Democratic-Republicans

Timothy Hemmis, "The Founders Drew a Line Between Peaceful Protest and Armed Rebellion," Washington Post (April 2020)--comparing Whiskey Rebellion to anti-mask protests

Sedition Act (1798)

"We Are All Federalists, All Republicans": historian Max Lerner critiques Jefferson as President

Robert Lee, "The True Cost of the Lousiana Purchase," Slate (2017); interactive journals of the Lewis & Clark expedition, 1803-06, from U. Nebraska; Federalist "Opposition to the Louisiana Purchase," Samuel White (1803); historian David Mayers on opposition to the Louisiana Purchase, from Dissenting Voices in America's Rise to Power

biography of Chief Justice John Marshall and overview of essential court cases

WAR OF 1812

timeline of the war

Felix Grundy, "Battle Cry of the War Hawks" (1811)

Federalist and Republican opinions on Jefferson's Embargo Act

The Star-Spangled Banner (1814); who was Francis Scott Key? from Jefferson Morley's Snow-Storm in August; how the song became the national anthem: from Marc Ferris's Star-Spangled-Banner: The Unlikely History of America's National Anthem

protesting the anthem: "How 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Became Our National Anthem"; editorial: Colin Kaepernick and the Racist History of Our National Anthem (2016); tracking the spread of anthem protests (Fall 2016)

Calvin Schermerhorn on the War of 1812 as a war for slavery, from Unrequited Toil (2016)

debate war options for the US before the war: 1; 2; 3; 4

Native Americans and the war: excerpt from Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country; Tecumseh, speech to William Henry Harrison, 1810


The Monroe Doctrine (1823); Lyndon Johnson, Commitment and Credibility (1965), address at Johns Hopkins in defense of the US role in Vietnam; George W. Bush, graduation speech at West Point (2002), on the moral obligation of the U.S. to respond offensively to terrorism