Rural Americans have a long history of mobilizing for political change both inside and outside of the formal political process. This course explores that history through case studies of social movements. In the process, students illuminate broad themes in the history of American rural life from the colonial era to the present. Students engage the history of rural social movements through a range of primary and secondary readings. Though a social history of rural politics, course materials are interdisciplinary. Students spend time reading, talking, and writing about the history of social movements rural people built around campfires and in country kitchens and churches.