American Political Thought since the Civil War

Rutgers University Professor Wilson Carey McWilliams was teaching a class in American Political Thought since the Civil War at Haverford College when he died suddenly of a heart attack on March 29, 2005.  A well-known political theorist who took a special interest in the moral basis of politics, McWilliams was acclaimed by his students as an inspirational teacher and a genuinely nice guy.

The recordings of this last class are available on the web (website).  Because he died midway through the semester, his daughter Susan J. McWilliams delivered the final lectures, along with a number of guest lecturers. At the time she was a Ph.D. candidate in the department of politics at Princeton University.  In the course of these lectures McWilliams looks at the main thinkers and writers on American politics including Henry Adams, W.E.B. DuBois, and John Dewey.  You can follow the readings using the syllabus, also available at the website.

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