Seminar in United States History



Fall 2014

HIUS 4501 (2)

Seminar in United States History

"The New Deal Lawyers"

Charles W. McCurdy

This seminar explores the role of lawyers in the constitutional “refounding” of the United States during the Age of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945.

Readings will include Eric Rauchway, The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction; Willliam Leuchtenburg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940; Elizabeth Borgwardt, A New Deal for the World:  America’s Vision for Human Rights during the Second World War.

Each student will write a legislative history of a major statute (1000 words), a biographical sketch of an important New Deal lawyer (1500 words), and a thirty-page research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor.

Grades for the course will be awarded for class participation (20%), for the first two short(er) writing assignments (20%), for the rough draft of the research paper (20%), and for the final paper (40%).



Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904



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