Dr. Neil Jumonville
Florida State University
US INTELLECTUAL HISTORY I:
BEGINNING TO 1880
Edmund Morgan, The Puritan Dilemma. (NY: Addison-Wesley, 1999).
Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. (NY:
Oxford, 1999). ISBN:0192836692. ETEXT AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist Papers. ETEXT
AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Thomas Jefferson, The Portable Jefferson, Merrill Peterson, ed.
(NY: Viking, 1977). ISBN:0140150803. ETEXT AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Portable Emerson, Malcolm Cowley, ed.
(NY: Viking, 1987). ISBN:0140150943. ETEXT AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Alexis Tocqueville, Democracy in America, J.P. Mayer, ed. (NY:
Harper, 2000). ISBN:0060956666. ETEXT AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Walt Whitman, The Portable Walt Whitman, Mark Van Doren, ed.
(NY: Viking, 1977). ISBN:0140150781. ETEXT AVAILABLE: LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,
John Blassingame, ed. (New Haven: Yale, 2001). ISBN:0300088310. ETEXT AVAILABLE:
LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
Ann Douglas, The Feminization of American Culture. (NY: Farrar,
Straus, 1998.) ISBN:0374525587.
Abraham Lincoln. LINKS IN ONLINE SYLLABUS.
* There is a photocopy packet available at Target Copy on Tennessee
St containing the lecture outlines.
Read these requirements closely, because they tell you all you need
to know about the operation of the class and the requirements for your
paper. Don't read these once and then forget them, because you'll
be judged on the basis of them.
ATTENDANCE: I only take attendance on Fridays, partly to get
to know students' names, and partly to make sure people give sufficient
importance to this part of the course. Part of your discussion grade
is also a grade for attendance -which means showing up for lecture on time.
If you happen to be late for lecture once during the semester, I'll overlook
it. If you're someone who makes a habit of walking in after I begin
lecturing then you'll feel the impact quite significantly in your semester
READING: All students must complete the reading for the course.
(Note that several of the books are heavily abridged and are much shorter
than they appear). Weekly assignments are indicated in the syllabus.
It is very important for you to complete the reading in time for the Friday
DISCUSSIONS: On Fridays, class will be devoted to a discussion
of the issues raised in lectures and in the reading. You will not
be able to do well in the discussions if you haven't kept up with your reading.
It is expected that you will have finished the week's reading assignment
by the time of the Friday discussion. As much as possible, the discussions
will be a friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. The discussions
are intended to be fun and enriching, not threatening. Don't feel intimidated
by a lack of background in history; often there is no one "right" answer
to the questions being discussed, and undergraduates always do as well as
graduate students in these sessions. Part of your grade for the semester
will be based on your active participation (talking) in the discussions,
so it is important to show up and take part. Their purpose is to give
you practice speaking about and challenging ideas, instead of just memorizing
PAPERS: For undergraduates, there will be one paper, 8 pages
long, DUE IN CLASS ON MONDAY APR 14. All papers must
be double-spaced, and type-written or printed by computer. Handwritten
papers will not be accepted. Papers should be stapled together; please
do not use paper or plastic folders to bind them. Papers should be
submitted with a separate title page on the front, with a title, the student's
name, and the name of the course. Do not put your name inside the paper,
as each will be read with the title page turned back in order to assure an
objective, neutral reading of the essay. This way your performance
in class discussion should not influence your paper grade. No paper
extensions, even in the event of a nuclear war. For every day the
paper is late, it will drop a full grade (for example, from a B+ to a C+).
These papers are to be "think papers" instead of research papers.
I want to know your perceptions and ideas. The papers will be graded
on the strength of their ideas, their ability to advance a thesis or interpretation,
and on how well they are written (their use of language, spelling, punctuation,
and syntax). Naturally, any plagiarism (having someone write the paper
for you, or copying it from another source) will result in an immediate failure
of the entire course. Use endnotes to indicate page numbers for any
quotes you use, or to tell the reader when you have borrowed ideas from
The paper should be written on the following topic: Discuss the ideas
of one of the other authors in relation to Emersonianism. Choose
one writer or figure (for example, use Winthrop, Franklin, Tocqueville,
Whitman, Douglass, or Lincoln) and indicate the way in which their ideas
either agree with or contradict Emerson's outlook. Is there a way
in which they partake somewhat in Emersonianism? Or, conversely, do
they provide a challenge to Emersonianism? What is Emersonianism, anyway?
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students with disabilities covered
by the Americans with Disabilities Act should follow these steps: 1) Provide
documentation of your disability to the Office of Disabled Student Services
(08 Kellum Hall, 644-9566). 2) Bring a statement from the Office
of Disabled Student Services indicating that you have registered with them
to your instructor the first week of class. The statement should indicate
the special accommodations you require.
EXAMS: There will be two exams during the course of the semester
-a midterm and a final. Both of the tests will be a combination of
ten short identifications and one essay question. As in the papers,
the exams will be judged on the strength of their ideas, their ability to
advance a thesis or interpretation, and their use of language, spelling,
punctuation, and syntax. Make sure to write legibly enough to be understood.
Bring blue books for the exam. Put your name on the front, but not
inside--to insure a neutral reading.
GRADES (FOR UNDERGRADUATES): Each of the four components of the
class will count 25% toward the final grade: the two exams, the paper, and
COURSE WEB SITE: This course has its own page, linked through
my web site at: http://mailer.fsu.edu/~njumonvi
(And you're here!)
OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday mornings, 10-11.
RELIGION AND MISSION IN COLONIAL AMERICA
Mon, Jan 6: Opening. The Puritan sense of mission, 1628-1680.
Wed, Jan 8: The Puritan intellectual outlook.
Fri, Jan 10: Discussion
Reading: Edmund Morgan, The Puritan Dilemma, chapters 1-6.
Mon, Jan 13: Puritan political and social ideas.
Wed, Jan 15: Early thought in the Southern and Middle Colonies, 1620-1750.
Fri, Jan 17: Discussion.
Reading: Edmund Morgan, The Puritan Dilemma, chapters 6-12.
Mon, Jan 20: MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY
Wed, Jan 22: Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790.
Fri, Jan 24: Discussion.
Reading: Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,
POLITICS AND RATIONALITY IN AMERICAN CULTURE
Mon, Jan 27: Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, 1730-1760.
Wed, Jan 29: The Ideological Background of the Revolution, 1700-1770.
Fri, Jan 31: Discussion.
Reading: Read essays from Cato's Letters.
Mon, Feb 3: The tracts and pamphlets of the Revolution, 1761-1776.
Wed, Feb 5: The Federalists, 1780s.
Fri, Feb 7: Discussion.
Reading: Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist Papers
. Read numbers 10, 15, 23, 48, and 51.
Mon, Feb 10: The Antifederalists, 1780s.
Wed, Feb 12: Jeffersonianism, 1770s-1808.
Fri, Feb 14: Discussion.
Reading: Thomas Jefferson, The Portable Jefferson. Read the Declaration
of Independence," "Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom," "The Kentucky
Resolutions," "Report of the Commissioners for the Univ of Virginia," "Notes
on the State of Virginia" (only pages 122-50, 177-199, and 208-217 of this
essay), and letters on pages 415-18, 428-33, 438-40, 444-51, 544-47, and
Mon, Feb 17: The Enlightenment in America, 1750-1820.
Wed, Feb 19: Women and ideas in the young nation, 1770-1830.
Fri, Feb 21: Discussion
Reading: Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer, "What is
THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION
Mon, Feb 24: MIDTERM EXAM.
Wed, Feb 26: Transcendentalism: Emerson and the Romantic revolution,
Fri, Feb 28: Discussion
Reading: Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Portable Emerson. Read "Nature:
and "The Divinity School Address."
The Divinity School Address
Mon, Mar 3: Thought of Jacksonians and Whigs, 1825-1850.
Wed, Mar 5: Transcendentalism: Social concern and the community.
Fri, Mar 7: Discussion.
Reading: Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Portable Emerson. Read "Self-Reliance,"
"The American Scholar," "The Fugitive Slave Law," "Letter to President Van
Buren," and "John Brown: Speech at Salem." ( NO ETEXT FOR THESE LAST
MARCH 10-15: SPRING BREAK
Mon, Mar 17: The beginning of the "letters tradition" in America.
Wed, Mar 19: Manifest Destiny, the West, and frontier humor.
Fri, Mar 21: Discussion.
Reading: Tocqueville, Democracy in America. Read pages: 50-57,
231-76, and 429-75.
Also read, in http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html
: VOLUME II, SECTION 1: Chap 1, "Philosophical Method of The Americans,"
THROUGH Chap 14, "The Trade of Literature."
Mon, Mar 24: Romantic art and the romantic novel, 1830-1860.
Wed, Mar 26: Tocqueville, 1830s-1840s.
Fri, Mar 28: Discussion.
Reading: Tocqueville, Democracy in America. Read pages 503-67,
590-608, 667-70, and 690-705.
VOLUME II, SECTION 2: Entire.
Chap 1, "Why Democratic Nations Show a More Ardent...."
THROUGH Chap 20, "How an Aristocracy may be Created by Manufactures."
VOLUME II, SECTION 3:
Chap 1: "How Customs are Softened...."
Chap 2: "How Democracy Renders the Social Intercourse...."
Chap 9, "Education of Young Women in The United States"
THROUGH Chap 14, "Some Reflections on American Manners."
VOLUME II, SECTION 4:
Chap 1: "Influence of Democratic Ideas and Feelings...."
Chap 2: "That the Opinions of Democratic Nations...."
Chap 6: "What sort of Despotism...."
Chap 7: "Continuation of the Preceding Chapters"
Chap 8: "General Survey of the Subject"
Mon, Mar 31: Romantic Historians, 1840s-1880s.
Wed, Apr 2: Whitman, 1840s-1860s.
Fri, Apr 4: Discussion.
Reading: Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass. Read "Song of Myself,"
"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and "Song of the Open Road."
RACE, SECTIONALISM, AND GENDER IN AMERICAN IDEAS
Mon, Apr 7: Calhoun, Fitzhugh, and the Southern perspective on
sectionalism and slavery, 1830-1870.
Wed, Apr 9: Women and 19th century American culture, 1830-1880.
Fri, Apr 11: Discussion.
Reading: Ann Douglas, The Feminization of American Culture. Read
pages 3-164. NO ETEXT AVAILABLE.
Mon, Apr 14: Lincoln, Douglas, and other Northerners on the Civil War,
1840-1870. PAPER DUE IN CLASS TODAY.
Wed, Apr 16: Abolitionism and black intellectuals, 1820s-1860s.
Fri, Apr 18: Discussion
Reading: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
BEGINNING OF AN INDUSTRIAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE
Mon, Apr 21: The advent of literary realism: Henry James, 1865-1880.
Wed, Apr 23: Ambition and the justification of industrial capitalism:
Alger, Conwell, and Carnegie, 1860-1880.
Fri, Apr 25: Discussion.
Reading: Abraham Lincoln.
Wed, Apr 30: FINAL EXAM from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in this room.