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 on the most vital political, economic, and social events of the period.

Required Texts:

  • Divine, America, Past and Present, Vol. I, 7th edition (2005)
  • Davidson and Lytle, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, Vol. I, 5th edition (2005)
  • Ambrose, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996)
  • Paludan, Victims: A True Story of the Civil War (1981)
  • Berlin and Favreau, editors, Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation (1998)

View a sample course syllabus for the correspondence course.

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

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