First-Year Seminar Required Texts

Please purchase the exact editions, available from the college bookstore.

Fall 2018 Texts

  • Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates, trans. G.M.A. Grube, rev. J. Cooper, 3rd edition, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872205543
  • Plutarch, The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives, ed. James Romm, trans. Pamela Mensch, Norton, ISBN: 978-0393355529
  • William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, ed. William Montgomery, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0143128601
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, trans. Donald A. Cress, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872201507
  • Toussaint L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, ed. Nick Nesbitt, Verso, ISBN: 978-1844672615
  • John and Abigail Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, ed. Frank Shuffleton, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0142437117
  • John Grafton, ed., The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History, Dover, ISBN: 978-0486411248
  • Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings, ed. Vincent Carretta, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0140424300
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Stephen D. Grant, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872204942
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings, ed. Dennis Dalton, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872203303
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