Fall 2016 - HIST 212 D100

The United States to 1877 (3)

Class Number: 4751

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: HIST 104.



The emergence and development of American civilization from the establishment of the colonies through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Breadth-Humanities.


This course surveys the history of United States from the founding of Jamestown to the end of Reconstruction. Lectures and readings trace key social, cultural, and environmental developments. The goal is to develop the analytical skills for temporal reasoning, which means knowing not only what happened and why, but how broader contexts shaped the course of events. Life was more contingent than a simple case of destiny or inevitability. The challenge is thus to master both the personal and specific as well as the general and conceptual, and to understand the past on its terms. To do this students will engage a range of source material, including lectures, primary documents, and secondary texts. Tutorials and exams will focus on the big themes of the course. Two papers, each five pages, will stress the analysis of a set of documents available online through Canvas.

Colonialism, environmental contingencies, industrialism, nationalism, political culture, racialism and racism, religion


  • Midterm 30%
  • Papers 30%
  • Final 30%
  • Participation 10%



Michael Schaller, Robert Schulzinger, John Bezis-Selfa, Jeanette Thomas Greenwood, Andrew Kirk, Sarah J. Purcell, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean, American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Text, Volume 1 to 1877. Concise ed.  New York.  W. W. Norton, 2012.

Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: With Related Documents, ed. Neil Salisbury (New York: Bedford’s/St. Martins, 1997)

Thomas Paine, Common Sense (Mineola, NY:  Dover Thrift, 1997)

Sojourner Truth, Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Mineola, NY:  Dover, 1997)

James M. McPherson, What They Fought For, 1861-1865 (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1994)

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