Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will survey American history from the fifteenth century to 1865. Students will acquire an understanding of the events, developments, and issues surrounding the creation of the United States and the challenge to that creation in the Civil War. This course will be presented through lectures, audio-visual materials, class discussions, and reading/writing assignments. We will explore how a variety of people shaped and responded to political, social, cultural, and economic change in this period, by analyzing writings, images, and artifacts that expressed their thought and experience, especially in regard to notions of human nature, freedom, and order. Topics will include: early contact, colonization and colonial life, revolution, the establishment of a nation and a constitution, the early republic, the growth of democracy, spiritual and social reform movements, westward expansion and Native American relations, slavery and abolition, secession and war. This course is an introduction to main themes in American history, and a practice in history as an interpretive discipline used to orient ourselves to present-day concerns.
These United States. Volume 1: to 1877. Irwin Unger. 4th. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-79079-1
A Tolerable Anarchy. Rebels, Reactionaries and the Making of American Freedom. Jedediah Purdy. Vintage. ISBN-13: 978-1400095840
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself. Bedford/St. Martins. ISBN-13: 978-0312257378
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