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CAS 210 (GH) - Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent

Landmark Speeches on Democracy and Dissent offers a survey of key speeches, debates, and controversies making up the rich tradition of U.S. civic life. The course introduces students to the basic historical contexts within which these key events arise; engage them in close readings of speeches, tracts, and polemical writing; and develop skills in critical thinking and writing. Students will attend to a broad spectrum of voices, including those of historically under-represented peoples as well as canonical figures.

Course Objectives

  1. Introduce students to the history of particularly influential speeches (both in immediate historical context and over time) regarding vital questions of U.S. democracy and dissent.
  2. Assist students' ability to closely and thoroughly analyze landmark rhetorical documents in U.S. civic life.
  3. Develop students' skills in critical thinking and writing via their personal research into landmark rhetorical and historical documents.