Founding and Refounding America Political Violence, Radicalization, and Democratic Decline

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Pol Violence/Radicalization

Spring 2021

Taught By: David Plotke

Section: A

CRN: 8882

Credits: 3

Serious and intense arguments about American history help to shape political choices and views of possible futures. Political and cultural forces link claims about the origins and redefinition of ‘America’ and the ‘United States’ with accounts of of democracy, citizenship, and policies. This course examines founding moments and their presence today. These moments have shaped American politics and society. They also provide compelling frameworks of understanding for efforts to shape poitics now and into the future. Crucial dates signal key beginnings or transformations as well as major arguments about how we should view these changes. We will consider these junctures: 1492 (Columbus in the ‘New World’); 1565 & 1619 (enslaved Africans in Florida and Virginia); 1620 & 1630 (Puritans in New England); 1776 & 1780’s (American Revolution and Constitution); 1860-65 (Civil War and constitutional amendments); 1930s (New Deal); 1945 (Allied victory in World War II); 1963- 65 (Civil Rights movement and Civil Rights Act); and 1989 (end of the Cold War). This course engages major debates about the meanings of American foundings and reconstructions. This course is for M.A. and Ph.D. students in Politics at NSSR and for graduate students in other programs at TNS. A small number of seniors at Eugene Lang College may be admitted with the permission of the instructor.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:45pm - 3:45pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021