This course introduces the student to American history from the founding of British settlements in North America to the coming of the Civil War. Lectures and discussions emphasize the migration of people from Europe and Africa, the variety of settlements, racial interaction, the formation and development of new political, economic, social and religious institutions, and their role in the transformation of everyday life. Certain events, like the American Revolution, are examined in detail. This course also introduces the student to the reading of historical documents and the range of available types of historical analysis-diaries, letters, accounts, autobiographies, biographies, essays, monographs, and fictional narratives.
All readings than can be placed on reserve are at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. All books that can be purchased are for sale at Ulrich's Bookstore on S. University; you, of course can purchase them through Amazon or Abebooks. The articles and the primary sources are available on CTools. As a supplementary textbook, James Henretta's America's History is recommended but not required.
lectures, readings, midterm and final examination.
Grades will be computed on the following basis: Section Participation, 17%; Midterm Exam, 33%; Final Exam, 50%.
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Lecture twice per week, discussion twice per week.