HIST 127: American History to 1865

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This course explores American history from initial settlement of the continent thousands of years ago through the conclusion of the Civil War. It will be impossible to cover such a vast and eventful period in detail, but the aim of the class is to give you a general overview of where the United States came from, the major factors shaping its development, and the significance of colonial America and the United States to global history. Along the way, we will consider the major political, social, cultural, economic, and military factors that molded the United States from its colonial origins through the ordeal of civil war.

Required Texts:

  • Schaller, et al., American Horizons: US History in a Global Context, Volume I: To 1877, 2nd edition (2014), ISBN 978-0199389339
  • Ferling, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History), (2005), ISBN 978-0195189063
  • McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1998), ISBN 978-0195124996

View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

Contact the Friday Center at StuServ@unc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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