This course provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and global events that have shaped the American scene from colonial times through the Civil War period.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Contact, Settlement, Slavery
- Describe the clash of cultures that took place in North America between the Native Americans, colonists, and Black slaves.
- Describe the establishment of early colonies.
- Explain the paradoxical rise of slavery and freedom in Colonial America.
- Describe the development of regional differences among the British colonies.
From British Colonies to the United States
- Examine the long-term causes, philosophical ideals, and immediate actions that led to the Revolutionary War.
- Summarize the philosophical ideals of the Enlightenment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
- Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Revolutionary War.
- Summarize the effect of the Revolutionary War on the colonists, slaves, native populations, and women.
A New Nation
- Trace the development of political parties in the new republic.
- Describe Jeffersonian democracy in relation to significant events from Jefferson’s presidency.
- Discuss the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the War of 1812.
Antebellum America and Moving West
- Identify the significance of early 19th-century themes and ideas on American society.
- Describe the exploration and settlement of the American West.
- Identify the relationship between the events and outcomes of territorial expansion in the pre-Civil War period.
- Trace the development of slavery as a divisive issue that led to the Civil War.
- Compare and contrast the advantages of the North and South at the start of the Civil War.
- Summarize the contributions of women and freed Blacks to the Civil War.
- Identify the relationship among the events, leaders, and outcomes of the Civil War.
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