HIS 315K • United States, 1492-1865
|36275 to 36280||Multiple Sections||
This course will introduce students to the history of the United States from the beginning of European colonization of the Americas through the Civil War. We will consider four key themes: first, the cultural, economic, and ecological impact of the English colonization of North America; second, the significance and meaning of slavery in American life; third, the ways in which industrialization and the emergence of a national market transformed economic and cultural life; and fourth, the social movements that sought to address the many unresolved problems Americans faced by the mid-nineteenth century. Readings and discussion will help students develop ways of thinking critically about the American past. Papers written for take-home exams will enable students to improve their skills in formulating arguments and presenting their ideas coherently and persuasively. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American History.
Discussion: 10% First Exam (essay written in-class): 30% Second Exam (take-home essay): 30% Final Exam (take-home essay): 30%
Required Reading (tentative) James W. Davidson, et al., NATION OF NATIONS. Vol. I. 4th edition. William Cronon, CHANGES IN THE LAND: INDIANS, COLONISTS, AND THE ECOLOGY OF NEW ENGLAND. Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz, THE KINGDOM OF MITHIAS: A STORY OF SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA. Frederick Douglas, NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLAS.