Lectures > Caroline Cox
OUSD Teaching American History Grant
Monday, July 7, 2003,
& Tuesday, December 9, 2003

“Seasons of Discontent: The Constitution in its Social and Cultural Context”
Caroline H. Cox, Department of History
University of the Pacific

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Caroline H. Cox link is Assistant Professor of history at the University of the Pacific. Educated at University of California Berkeley, her publications include: A Proper Sense of Honor: The Status of Soldiers and Officers of The Continental Army, 1775-1783 (forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press) and "Invisible Wounds: The American Legion, Shell Shocked Veterans, and Mental Illness, 1919-1924." In Traumatic Pasts: Studies in History, Psychiatry, and Trauma in the Modern Age, 1860-1930, eds. Mark Micale and Paul Lerner. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Readings
* Links active as of January 2004

  • Virginia constitution 1776
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/states/va05.htm

  • Pennsylvania constitution 1776
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/states/pa08.htm

  • Articles of confederation 1776
    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/contcong/07-12-76.htm

  • Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution (Bill of Rights)
    http://memory.loc.gov/const/bor.html

  • Collection of current state constitutions
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/states/listing.html

  • Records of US Congress & Senate, including all the Journals of the Continental Congress
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/
The following titles survey current opinions about the historical debates on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
  • Countryman, Edward, What did the Constitution Mean to Early Americans?
    link to Amazon

  • Ellis, Joseph J. , What did the Declaration Declare?
    link to Amazon

  • Rakove, Jack N. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution link to Amazon

Useful Classroom Films

  • Liberty, PBS, 1997, Episode 6
    http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/liberty_episodes.html

  • In Search of the Constitution, Published/Produced: New York : Public Affairs Television, Inc., 1987 : Distributed by PBS Video, 1989. Description: 11 videocassettes (58 min. ea.) In an eleven-part series, Bill Moyers discusses the history of the Constitution, how it has been interpreted, and how it affects nearly every aspect of our lives.

  • Empire of Reason First Run?Icarius Films, 1988 http://www.frif.com Debates over ratification of the Constitution in New York acted out as a modern TV political campaign.

  • 1776 Columbia/Tristar, 1987. Based on the Tony award-winning Broadway musical about the Declaration of Independence.
    http://www.5thavenuetheatre.org/archive/