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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Liberalism: From Locke to Obama

Instructor(s): Jennifer Delton, History

What does it mean to be "liberal?" Students will trace liberalism from its original conception as a philosophy of individual rights, limited government, and economic freedom to its more recent incarnation as a political movement for group rights, expansive government, and economic regulation. It began as one thing and turned into the exact opposite. How did that happen? To answer that question we will read primary texts from prominent liberals over time and examine the connection between liberalism and education, slavery, socialism, capitalism, women's rights, the civil rights movement, environmental movement, and neoliberalism.


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