From the Founding to Facebook: Democracy in American History
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: DO NOT USE
Course Number: LHIS 2060
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
We all know that we live in a democracy. But what it has actually meant to be citizens in a democratic republic has changed dramatically over the course of American history -- as have the bounds of citizenship. In this course, we will look at how new ideas, social movements, and technological changes have reshaped American democracy. We will examine how founders such as Benjamin Franklin and James Madison envisioned the relation between the people and the government; how workers, African Americans, and women fought to participate in American politics; and the ways in which new technologies such as Facebook and Twitter are reshaping democratic participation for the 21st century.
Open to Undergraduate students.