HIS 315K • United States, 1492-1865
The course will focus on the "encounter" of Europeans and the New World. Native American society and culture will be examined in the face of European colonialism and the taking of North America for European settlement and profit. The course will then proceed to analyze settlement patterns and colonial economies. The struggle for independence will be covered as will the beginnings of nation building. As settlers move west, resistance, invasion, and displacement will be examined. By the 1800's the US was transformed into a free-market economy which facilitated even more growth, settlement and development. The status of African Americans, Mexicans, Asians, women, and others will also be analyzed. The growing sectional split between North and South will be examined as will the outbreak and course of the Civil War. This course will challenge mainstream rhetoric by viewing U.S. history through a dynamic lens of changing economies, labor, race, gender, and citizenship. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.