Skip to main content
Princeton Mobile homeCourses home

Slavery and Democracy in the New Nation

HIS 373

Info tab content
How did the United States emerge as a revolutionary republic built on the principle of human equality at the same time that it produced the wealthiest and mightiest slave society on earth? This course approaches that question in an interpretive history emphasizing the contradictory expansion of racial slavery and political democracy. Topics include the place of slavery in the Federal Constitution and the founding the nation, the spread of the cotton kingdom, Jacksonian democracy and the growth of political parties, the rise of antislavery and proslavery politics, and the growing social and political divisions between North and South.
Instructors tab content
Sections tab content

Section L01

Section P01

Section P02