They the People: Political Writing Past & Present
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2650
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Literature
From the Colonial era to the present, the most forceful political writers have been prose masters who have combined excellent prose and literary technique with close observations and analysis. Their work explores the true meaning of democracy--its successes and failures, its tensions and contradictions. This course will examine highlights of American political writing from the Declaration and Constitution through the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.. We'll also closely study the approaches and techniques used top reporters and essayists, including Katherine Boo, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Margaret Talbot, David Foster Wallace, and Garry Wills. We will also look at digital journalism and its impact on political journalism and argument.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.