History 420: The Constitution and Early Republic, explores the development, ratification, and legacy of the U.S. Constitution from 1787 through the 1820s. In both primary and secondary documents, students will explore American life under the Constitution with special attention to questions of religion, race, gender, and individual rights.


Book List:

  • Countryman, Edward, ed. What Did the Constitution Mean to Early Americans? Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1999. ISBN 0–312–18262–7
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN 0-226-82337-7.
  • Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1980. ISBN 0–8078–4632–5
  • MacPherson, Ryan C., ed., “We Hold These Truths”: Selected Writings by America’s Founders. An anthology for students enrolled in “History 420/Political Science 420: The Constitution and Early Republic” at Bethany Lutheran College. Fall 2010.
  • Risjord, Norman K. Representative Americans: The Revolutionary Generation. 2d ed. Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001. ISBN 0–7425–2075–7.
  • Simon, James F. What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002. ISBN 0–684–84871–6


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