Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course, we will examine that the major social, economic, political, and cultural developments in US history through the Civil War.
We'll look at the development of an "Atlantic World," as Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans collided to form a world in North America that was truly new for everyone.
We'll trace how the British colonies in North America came to dominate the eastern part of the continent, as well as why those colonies eventually declared Independence.
We'll follow the newly formed United States as it tries to carve out a place for itself on the world stage, and tries to form a coherent national identity in the face of serious disagreements over issues like federal vs. state authority, the institution of slavery, the role of minorities in the new republic, and westward expansion -- just to name a few!
Finally, we'll try to understand why the American experiment collapsed so violently into the Civil War -- a conflict that claimed the lives of more American soldiers than almost all other wars combined.
1) The American Promise: A History of the United States, Volume 1 (5th ed.) (Value Edition) by Roark, et al
2) Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, Volume 1 (5th edition) by Michael Johnson
3) 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott Berg
4) A fourth book TBD
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
You will be evaluated through a variety of methods in this course, including a mid-term (20%),a final exam (25%), several short papers (20% total), and various primary document assignments (35% total).