HIST 127: American History to 1865

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This is a general survey course of American history from the earliest days of European contact to the conclusion of the Civil War. We will study and discuss the evolution of the American colonies and the subsequent nation building (and refining) that occurred throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the most vital political, economic, and social events of the period. This first half of America’s history might, at first glance, seem to have little significance for the everyday lives of contemporary citizens. As we progress through the course, however, it will become apparent that this period is not at all remote. With this thought in mind, you and your classmates will be encouraged to find personal connections between your own life experiences and those of the Americans living in earlier times. Many of the ties will be found in your reading, but you will also supplement these materials with information that you glean from the Internet.

Required Texts:

  • Murrin et al., Liberty, Equality, and Power: A History of the American People, Volume I: To 1877, 6th edition. ISBN 978-0495915874.
  • Davidson and Lytle, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, Volume I, 6th edition. ISBN 978-0077292683

View a sample course syllabus.

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