United States History to 1877

  • Final
  • History
  • United States History to 1877
  • 3.0
  • Historical survey of the European colonization of North America and of the United States  through Reconstruction.

  • 130
  • None

    1. Native American societies and cultures prior to European arrival.
    2. European colonization and its impact on Native America.
    3. Establishment and maturation of diverse colonial settlements and populations.
    4. Colonial policies and imperial rivalries in North America and their implication for settlements.
    5. The American Revolution
    6. The formation of the United States government from the Articles of Confederation through the development of the Constitution.
    7. The early republic including political parties, economic and geographical expansion.
    8. Sectionalism, slavery and antebellum America
    9. Western expansion, manifest destiny and Native American policy.
    10. Antebellum reform.
    11. Crisis of the 1850s and the coming of the Civil War.
    12. The Civil War.
    13. Reconstruction.

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History through current analytical categories of race, class, gender and ethnicity.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of America’s growth in a global context.
    4. Explain the major economic, technological and scientific developments and their historical significance.
    5. Analyze major political trends, attitudes, conflicts and events—including both mainstream and reform efforts—and explain their historical significance.
    6. Explain the major social and cultural developments, their causes and effects, and their historical significance.

  • Will include:

    1. Written essays and/or research projects.
    2. Essay exams.

    Can also include:

    1. Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
    2. Objective exams.
    3. Classroom projects and presentations.

  • Berkin, Making America
    Boydston, Making a Nation
    Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation
    Carnes, The American Nation
    Davidson, Nation Of Nation
    Divine. America Past and Present
    Faragher. Out of Many: A History of the American People
    Foner. Give Me Liberty!
    Gillon, The American Experiment
    Goldfield. The American Journey
    Jones. Created Equal
    Kennedy, The American Pageant
    Maier. Inventing America
    Martin. America and Its Peoples
    Murrin. Liberty, Equality, Power
    Nash. The American People
    Norton, A People and a Nation
    Roark. The American Promise
    Tindall. America: A Narrative History
    Zinn. A People’s History of the United States

  • March 29, 2011