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The Interbellum Constitution
This seminar examines the legal and intellectual history of debates concerning American constitutional law and politics between the Revolution and the Civil War, approximately 1800 to 1860. Topics to be discussed include internal improvements, the market revolution, federal regulation of slavery in the territories, the role of the federal courts, and the development of a national culture.
Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short response papers. Students may also elect to write a longer paper that satisfies the substantial writing requirement for an additional credit.