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Using the Parrington text

The only required textbook for the course is the first volume of Vernon L. Parrington’s Main Currents in American Thought—The Colonial Mind, 1620-1800. (Check Bookfinder for cheap copies.) Parrington’s work is, in its own right, […]

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Beginning

Let’s begin with a first reading assignment. Please read the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence. Read them carefully. These are founding documents, marking the beginnings of new societies. What ideas are emphasized in […]