In this class, students will encounter a variety of works of American political thought from the colonial era to the present. American politics and political thought have always involved a diversity of beliefs and conflicts among them. We aim to think about the wide range of beliefs, and conflicts over beliefs, that characterize the history of American political thought. Just as no one political party has a monopoly on good ideas, no ideology has a monopoly on history—nor should it. Whether you are a liberal, conservative, or something else entirely, you will encounter readings that challenge your views. You will learn to analyze, to critique, and to read charitably arguments with which you do not necessarily agree. Taken together, you will become a deeper thinker and appreciate the breadth of the American experience.
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