HISTORY 260 - United States to 1865
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to American history from the early settlement of North America in the 17th century to the conclusion of the Civil War. The emphasis will be less on facts and figures (who did what when) and more on the larger themes of social, political, and religious change. We will explore such questions as:

  • What was “new” about the New World for both European and Native American inhabitants?
  • How did the relationship of colony to empire change over two centuries, and was the American war for independence a true “revolution” or a regime change?
  • How did a multiracial society composed of peoples from different continents and faiths come into being — what united and what divided Americans from one another?
  • Was the American Revolution the “first emancipation” for enslaved Africans or did it affirm the new nation as a slave republic?
  • How did the profound political and economic changes of the early nineteenth century lead to the Civil War and what role did slavery play in that conflict?
  • Is the United States a “Christian nation” or a nation of many faiths?
These are questions that continue to have relevance today, and one aim of this course is to enable you to participate in current-day discussions about American politics and culture armed with an accurate and expansive understanding of the history that produced the society we live in today.

Course Requirements:

The required readings will include both primary and secondary sources and will be examined in weekly discussion sections. Course assignments include a mid-term and final exam, and a short research paper.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

Lecture twice per week, discussion twice per week.

HISTORY 260 - United States to 1865
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Freshmen are encouraged to take this intro survey.
002 (DIS)
18LSA Hnrs
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Section 002: LSA Honors Only
003 (DIS)
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0271026766
The infortunate : the voyage and adventures of William Moraley, an indentured servant, Author: ed. with an introduction and notes by Susan E. Klepp & Billy G. Smith., Publisher: Pennsylvania State university press 2nd ed. 2005
ISBN: 0802801544
The divine dramatist : George Whitefield and the rise of modern Evangelicalism, Author: Harry S. Stout., Publisher: Eerdmans repr. 1991
ISBN: 9780393935523
Giver me Liberty! Volume I, Brief Edition, Author: Eric Foner, Publisher: W.W. Norton THIRD 2012
ISBN: 9780199892495
The Kingdom of Matthias : a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century America, Author: Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz., Publisher: Oxford University Press updated ed
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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