Week 1

During the first week of the seminar we will spend our classroom sessions exploring canonical writings on democracy by Alexis de Tocqueville, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, James Fenimore Cooper, and Frederick Douglass. The Cooper session will highlight Haudenosaunee contexts for his writings, featuring guest instructor Professor Alyssa Mt. Pleasant. On Friday we will visit two important regional sites: Seneca Falls, where Stanton organized the first women's rights convention in 1848; and Auburn, the site of the prison that Tocqueville visited and the press that published the first edition of Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom.

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View of the Erie Canal by John William Hill (1829)