This course explores the structures of American society in the second half of the eighteenth century, British colonial policies and American opposition to those policies, the growth of revolutionary movements, and the cultural, political, military, and ideological contexts of the period. The course will also examine the impact of the war on African Americans, Native Americans, women, and ordinary citizens. Students will engage with the social consequences of the Revolution, post-war economics, post-war politics, post-war society, and the arguments for and against the establishment of a strong central government culminating in the Philadelphia Convention and the ratification of the Constitution of 1787. Prerequisite: HIST 302 (HIST 301 also recommended). Not offered on a regular basis.