United States History to 1877
Fall 2007: This course traces the development of a portion of North America that became the United States from the beginning of colonization to the conclusion of the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. Unlike previous nations, the people who created and refined the United States were always a collision of diverse peoples and ideas African, American, Asian, and European in a dynamic and changing set of environmental, social, and cultural contexts. The course will offer a balance survey of the colonial, revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.
Processes of dispossession, colonization, and incorporation
Reciprocal relationships between humans and nature
Local experiences and imperial ties
Development of racial, gendered, and class disparities
Political and economic evolution
45 credit hours including 9 hours of lower division history credit and one of HIST 101, 212, or permission of the department
Devine et al., The American Story, Volume 1 to 1877, Third Edition
Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution
Paul Johnson & Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America
Other readings available through the W.A.C. Bennett Library reserve system.
1st Midterm exam: 25%
2nd Midterm exam: 25%
Final Exam: 25%