Week 9: Seminole Wars + professionalization

We’ve got two themes for today–the Seminole Wars and professionalization of the military. But first, if you’ve been feeling ok about your work thus far in this class, and if you have found some of the different topics interesting, then I’d love for you to consider signing up for the digital humanities minor. It’s a new interdisciplinary minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and you can shape your own program so that you can do some of the things you’re especially interested in. If you’re interested in the digital side of social justice issues, or if you want to make digital maps, or you think podcasting is the radio drama of the present and you want to do it, then the digital humanities minor might be right for you! If you’re interested, I’d love to talk to you further (I’m the director of the minor so I can answer all your questions!).


Today we’re going to be looking at the Seminole Wars. In each of your groups, I’ve posted three documents. Your job is threefold:

  1. Listen to the podcast here, or read the transcript.
  2. Read the documents and, in your group, figure out what they’re about.
  3. Place them in the Google Docs transcript of the episode.

I’ve given you three documents so that if you’re an early worker, you don’t have to wait around for all of your group to discuss the document, but I do want you to consult with at least one person before you determine where to place your document.


You have two options: (1) listen to the podcast below from Preble Hall, or (2) read the chapter linked below.

Option 1: Listen to this podcast.

Option 2: Read this chapter.
WILLIAM P. LEEMAN, “A West Point for the Navy?,” in The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), 69–100, https://doi.org/10.5149/9780807895825_leeman.8.

You may respond to either of these options with a blog post or with audio.