This course introduces students to American history from the early settlement of North America in the 16th century to the conclusion of the Civil War. Lectures and discussions emphasize the political, social, economic, religious, and territorial development of society as well as the experiences of daily life. Special attention is paid to topics such as the comparisons among the Spanish, French, and British empires in the New World, the first and second Great Awakening, the American Revolution, the formation of the Constitution, the development of political parties, the nature of slavery, the changing roles of women and families, the war with Mexico and territorial expansion, the growing sectional conflicts, and the Civil War on the battlefield and at home. The required readings will include both primary and secondary sources and will be examined in the sections.
Grades will be based upon your discussion ans short quizzes in section meetings, a mid-term examination, and a final. The midterm will be 20% of the grade; the final will be 40% of the grade (and covers the entire course); and participation and short quizzes will be 40% of the grade. There will be four unannounced quizzes (the lowest quiz score will be dropped from the grade calculation).
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Lecture twice per week, discussion twice per week.