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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Heretics, Firebrands, and Visionaries: America's Radical Tradition

Instructor(s): Eric Morser, History

What role have radicals—people willing to challenge conventions and envision a new world—played in American history? In this seminar, we will explore the history of American radicalism to try and answer this critical question. We will focus on several central themes, including the trans-national origins of American radicalism, on-going battles over the meaning of the American Revolution, the struggle to build protest movements in the United States, artistic efforts to defy the status quo and articulate innovative ideas, and the limits of reform in American history. Ideally, you will leave this class with a clear idea of how dissent has been a key element in American history that continues to shape the world around us.  

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