Bringing History Alive

Predicaments of the New Republic: America, 1789–1820

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (EST)

The Apotheosis of Washington


Scott E. Casper

Professor of History
University of Nevada, Reno
National Humanities Center Fellow 2005–06

Framing Questions

What did Americans see as the greatest threats to the U.S. republican experiment, circa 1800?

To what extent did the U.S. succeed in living the Revolution by 1820?


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Assigned Readings

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  1. The Apotheosis of Washington
  2. Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 and Letter to John Holmes, 1820. Notes and discussion questions.
  3. Noah Webster, Oration on the Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, 1802. Notes and discussion questions.

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