Tomorrow I return to the classroom after a year of sabbatical leave.
As I usually do, I have posted my syllabi at my Messiah College website. This semester I am teaching two sections of the United States survey course (to 1865) and an upper-division history course on the early American republic (roughly from 1789-1815). I am sure I will be posting on my experience teaching these courses over the next few months.
In addition to my usual standards, Slaughter’s The Whiskey Rebellion, Onuf’s Jeffersonian America, Hatch’s Democratization of American Christianity, and Ulrich’s Midwife’s Tale, I am trying three new books this semester: Edward Larson’s Magnificent Catastrophe (Election of 1800), Douglas Egerton’s, Gabriel’s Rebellion, and Frank Lambert’s The Barbary Wars.
If you have read these books or have taught any of them, I am eager to hear your opinion.