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This module examines the development of the USA
and particularly the growing tensions between changing ideas of democracy,
liberty, freedom and the institution of slavery from the War of Independence
through to the Civil War, 1861-65.
The module examines the founding principles of
the American political system as expressed in the Declaration of Independence
and translated into practise in the American Constitution. It will explore the way in which ideas of
liberty and freedom developed and became contested as a consequence of the
spread of slavery, the beginnings of industrialisation, immigration, and
westward expansion and growing sectional conflict in the period from the
late-1700s through to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. The debates about
issue of slavery will be considered both within this broad context and as an
institution itself using both secondary sources and slave narratives. The module concludes with the debates about
the causes, impact and significance of the American Civil War.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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