We trace the evolution of the United States, from its colonial roots to the lofty status of global power. From the American Revolution to World War I, this captivating transformation is be captured in a variety of ways. We discuss the quest for land prior to, and following, the Revolution, up to the Spanish-American War in 1898. Manifest Destiny, the real American pastime, began as an agenda of Continental expansion to become a program for globalism. We address other facets of the burgeoning corporate state‚ÄĒthe demise of the Citizen-Soldier concept; the rise of Big Business; control of the nation‚Äôs money; the Confederacy as a revolution; the concept of American government, a Republic or a Democracy; the escalating industrialization of the Grand Republic vs the Working Class.
Syllabus: American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State, Part 1 Mark Albertson
Week 1: We the People
The founding of the Grand Republic. A spirited inquiry into the political, social and economic motives that galvanized a colonial people, spurring them to emerge from the shackles of subservience to the crown of the world‚Äôs ranking imperialist power to a status of citizenship in an independent nation founded upon the principles of the Age of Reason/Age of Enlightenment.
Week 2: America: A Democracy? A Republic?
Many Americans are under the mistaken impression that this Nation was founded on the principles of Democracy . . . By referencing such standouts in American contributions to political literature, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist, the Notes on the Debates at the Constitutional Convention and the writings of the Founding Fathers, it becomes crystal clear that this Nation was called the Grand Republic for a reason.
Week 3: Well Regulated Militia
Follows the growth of American military power. From the Citizen-Soldier concept of the Militia Act of 1792, through the inexorable progression which saw America cast aside one of its paramount concerns of some of the Founding Fathers: ‚ÄúThat a large standing army poses a threat to the American Republic.‚ÄĚ
Week 4: Bondage of Black Southerners
1619, 20 Blacks arrived in Jamestown. By 1775, hundreds of thousands of Blacks were toiling in the British colonies of North America. This session will explore the economics of Slavery; why the Black Man was chosen over the Red Man; the institutionalization of Slavery; the breeding of Slaves; and, the long term effects of this insidious institution that have left an inerasable stain in the American fabric.
Week 5: The Confederacy as a Revolution
The abomination of Slavery has been the poster child expression towards understanding the Civil War; certainly a shortsighted assessment despite the issue‚Äôs gut-wrenching significance. The factors of States‚Äô Rights, the financial dominance of Northern banks, the overweening industrial superiority of the North coalesce to create a friction of discord, doubt and eventually succession by the states below the Mason-Dixon Line. Yet by 1862, the belief in a system of States‚Äô Rights will succumb to the war-related measure of centralized control that will offer a glimpse into the future of the Grand Republic.
Week 6: The Rise of Big Business
Follows the evolution of Big Business from the 19th century to the end of World War I. Time will be spent on the Railroads; followed by the Telegraph Companies. Wall Street finance will be explored as will Worker-Management relations, as the American economy grows in sophistication and power by 1914. Included, too, will be the rudiments of the Military-Industrial Complex.
Week 7: Power of the Purse
Starting with the Currency Act of 1764 as a generator for revolution, the importance of the control of money will be the objective. How Alexander Hamilton alleviated colonial debt just after the Revolution. Concerns about the power of a Central Bank as evidenced by President Andrew Jackson dissolving the Bank of the United States. Session will chart the issue of the Nation‚Äôs money situation out to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
Week 8: Decisive Day: April 6, 1917
Offers a panoramic view of America‚Äôs transformation to an empire, starting with the Louisiana Purchase to the Declaration of War issued by Congress on April 6, 1917. Explains the rise of America from a continental to a global power, showcasing Manifest Destiny as an exercise in imperialism which helped to chart America‚Äôs stupendous growth. For on April 6, 1917‚ÄĒa day of greater significance than December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001‚ÄĒis one of the most decisive days in not only American history, but in European and World history as well.