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Subtitles: English, Greek

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

The Election of 1800

19 videos (Total 96 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
19 videos
Setting the Scene 2: Issues--Hamilton vs. Jefferson; the French Revolution6m
Setting the Scene 3: The Election of 1796; the Quasi-War5m
Adams and Pinckney4m
Jefferson and Burr4m
Hamilton1m
The Electoral College6m
Voting5m
The 1800 Campaign 16m
The 1800 Campaign 23m
The Press and the 1800 Campaign2m
The Electoral College Meets3m
Deadlock in Congress4m
Jefferson's Deal?2m
The Inauguration1m
The Revolution of 1800?6m
Interview: Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf7m
Interview: Joanne B. Freeman5m
Interview: Gaye Wilson11m
5 readings
The New Nation10m
Joanne B. Freeman, "The Presidential Election of 1800: A Story of Crisis, Controversy, and Change."10m
[Optional Reading] Alexander Hamilton's attack on John Adams, October 24, 180010m
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 180110m
Interviews with Historians10m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz – The Election of 18006m
3 hours to complete

The Election of 1860

6 videos (Total 28 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Parties and Voting6m
Conventions and Platforms9m
Outcomes and Consequences3m
Roundtable: The impact of the 1860 election4m
Round-up discussion: Friday, October 28, Was the 1800 presidential election the 'nastiest' in American history?2m
7 readings
The Pre-Civil War Era & the Sectional Crisis10m
Caleb Bingham (1853-1854)20m
“Political Parties in the United States, 1820–1860”10m
Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 186030m
1860 Republican Platform10m
Primary Sources: Secession20m
“Presidential Election of 1860: A Resource Guide,” Library of Congress.10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz – The Election of 18606m
Week 1 Quiz - Nineteenth-Century Elections10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

The Election of 1968

9 videos (Total 46 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
The Impact of Tet6m
The New Hampshire Primary5m
Presidential Primaries4m
Democratic Primaries 19685m
Issues I: Law and Order6m
Issues II: The Impact of Vietnam4m
The Results7m
Conclusion3m
7 readings
The Sixties, the 'Unraveling', and 196830m
Primary Sources – Responses to Vietnam: Walter Cronkite and the 'Wise Men'20m
Primary Source – President Johnson's March 31st Speech10m
Primaries10m
Primary Sources about the 1968 Election – Party Platforms, Humphrey's Campaign, and Riots in Chicago30m
Primary Sources: Humphrey/Johnson Discuss Vietnam, LeMay/Wallace Press Conference, and LBJ Halts Bombing in Vietnam30m
Voting Map, Statistics, and Results10m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz - The Election of 19686m
3 hours to complete

The Election of 1980

6 videos (Total 54 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
The history of presidential debates8m
The Carter-Reagan presidential debate6m
Conservative ascendancy and electoral eras7m
The gender gap8m
Roundtable Discussion: Week 216m
8 readings
Context2m
Secondary reading on liberalism's travails and the 1980 election40m
Primary sources on the 1980 presidential campaign10m
The development and significance of presidential debates on television3m
Optional primary source: the Carter-Reagan debate10m
Turning points and "realignments" in electoral history3m
Exploring the "gender gap" in voting3m
Data on the gender gap10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz – The Election of 19806m
Week 2 Quiz – Twentieth-Century Elections10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Election of 2008

4 videos (Total 56 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Jon Kelly on the making of the US president in 200817m
Nicol Rae on the making of the US president in 200814m
Roundtable on 2008 election8m
7 readings
Exploring the election of Barack Obama5m
"Barack Obama: Campaigns and Elections"10m
Background reading (optional): The American Yawp on recent US history30m
Primary Sources – Campaign Commercials10m
About Mike Moffo1m
About Jon Kelly1m
About Nicol Rae2m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz – The Election of 20086m
3 hours to complete

The Election of 2016

2 videos (Total 87 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Discussing Donald Trump's inaugural address18m
3 readings
Exploring the political battle via campaign commercials15m
Roundtable discussion after the 2016 election10m
Exploring Donald Trump's inaugural address in historical perspective15m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz – The Election of 2016 and Historical Parallels10m
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By JQFeb 12th 2017

Great Review. I am active in politics and still found there were things I'd forgotten. Thanks for the fun and the review.

Instructors

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Frank Cogliano

Professor of American History
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
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David Silkenat

Lecturer
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
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Fabian Hilfrich

Senior Lecturer in American History
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
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Robert Mason

Professor of Twentieth-Century U.S. History
School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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