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Shannon E. Duffy received her BA from Emory University, her MA from the University of New Orleans, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Early American History at Texas State University and writes on issues of personal and community identity formation in the Revolutionary and Early National period. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National American history, as well as Early American constitutional and legal history. Her upcoming manuscript, Defiantly Neutral: The Deep Roots of Quaker Pacifism in Pennsylvania, investigates the experiences of Quakers in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania.
Areas of Interest: Early American History
This course examines life in early America, including the economic, political, intellectual and social aspects that helped shape the country in the period up to the end of Reconstruction.
This course examines life in America in the period from Reconstruction to the end of the Cold War, and the role America has played in world history in the modern era.
HIST 3363 Colonial America to 1763
This course is an intensive study of the settlement and expansion of British North America, including the development of American cultural, political and intellectual traditions. It investigates the culture of colonial America, the creation of American political institutions, and the political developments leading to the revolutionary crisis. The course concentrates on political and intellectual history, but also delves into the social and cultural history of colonial America.
HIST 3368B Courts and Society in Early America
This course is a survey of American legal traditions and the interaction of law and the courts in American society from the colonial period to the early 19th century. The course investigates the origin and development of American law and legal culture from English antecedents through the early national period, the development of a professional legal class and a formal legal profession in colonial America, the impact of courts and legal culture on American society, and the changing understanding of the law in America.
HIST 3365 The Early American Republic
This course is a study of U.S. history from the writing and ratification of the Constitution through the presidency of John Quincy Adams. It investigates the rise of the first party system, the growth of popular democracy, the development of the American presidency and the federal government, the expansion of the West, the increasing conflict with Native American groups, and the tensions produced by the growth of slavery in the Antebellum South. The course also looks at social and cultural changes affecting the new nation, including the rise of industrialization, and the social reform movements and evangelical revivals, and the growing market economy.
HIST 3341 History of the United States, 1914-1945
This course is an intensive investigation into the cultural, social and political history of the United States in the period from the First World War to 1945. It explores the cultural and political consequences of WWI, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and World War II on American society through a close reading of the documents of the period.
HIST 4304 Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean, (753 B.C. - A.D. 476)
This course examines Roman history from the foundation of the city until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. It looks at the growth of the Roman political system and the client-state network, the development of Roman culture, values and ideals, and the expansion of Roman power and influence throughout the Mediterranean world. The class falls roughly into three sections, covering the establishment and growth of the Roman Republic, the transformation of the Republic into the Roman Empire, and finally the later imperial period and the rise of Christianity.
HIST 4365 History of Revolutionary America, 1765-1791
This course is a history of the American people during the age of the American Revolution, from the beginning of the crisis with Britain to the ratification of the Constitution. It examines the political, constitutional and intellectual developments that inspired the Revolution and guided the creation of the new country, as well as the social and cultural changes of this period.
HIST 5313: Early American History: The Long Eighteenth Century, 1689-1815
“Change the timeline, and you change the perspective.” The near-ubiquitous tendency to subdivide Early American History into Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early National shapes our common understanding of the period in ways that are sometimes unconscious. It encourages viewing America’s colonial period as merely a prelude to the revolution, and has the effect of obscuring continuities. By adopting rather the European goalposts of 1689 and 1815, we can see developments in the period in new ways, most especially in the manner in which America’s history continued to be guided by events occurring in Britain, Continental Europe and the Caribbean even after political independence.