Course Description

Political and social development of the United States, with emphasis on the colonial period, the Constitution, and American institutions, up to the Civil War. Students will explore the political, economic, social and cultural history of the United States beginning with the first civilizations of North America and European exploration and conquest.  They will examine major themes in American history from colonization, the Revolution, the forging of the Constitution and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Personal Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major Indian cultures in North America prior to European settlement and analyze the effects of that settlement on the indigenous peoples of America.
  2. Discuss the motivations for European colonization of North America and identify differences between the British and Spanish experiences of colonization.
  3. Compare and contrast the social, economic, and political development of the British colonies in the area that became the United States.
  4. Describe and explain the origins of racism and slavery in America and analyze the long-term effects of slavery on American society.
  5. Describe the social and political implications of religion in America to 1877.
  6. Analyze the causes, consequences, and meaning of the American Revolution.
  7. Describe and explain the development and meaning of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  8. Evaluate the Jeffersonian dream of expansion.
  9. Analyze the meaning of Jacksonian democracy and social reform in America during the 1830s and 1840s.
  10. Discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny and describe the expansion of the United States from 1800 – 1848.
  11. Analyze the causes, consequences, and meaning of the Civil War.
  12. Discuss the social, political, economic, diplomatic, and military aspects of the Civil War.
  13. Discuss and evaluate the meaning of Reconstruction.
  14. Deliver a presentation prepared to demonstrate particular aspects of social change.
  15. Demonstrate college-level writing skills by incorporating materials into clear sentences and cohesive paragraphs.



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Course guide

Here is the course outline:

Getting Started
Welcome to your online course!
Week 1
First civilizations in North America and the European conquest and subsequent colonization of lands in the New World.
Week 2
The American People and the Revolution
Week 3
The Constitution and Early republic
Week 4
The Jacksonian Era
Week 5
Slavery The Civil War
Week 6
Exam on All of the Course Materials