HIS 315K • United States, 1492-1865
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
This course treats the history of the United States as a story of migration, contact, and conflict. Beginning with an overview of the Atlantic World, the course charts the social, cultural, and political history of the North America from contact between Native Americans and European migrants through the development of a colonial economy and the struggle for home rule. It then examines conflicts in the new nation as declarations of independence confronted the stark realities of chattel slavery, industrialization, gender inequality, Indian, removal, and national expansion. The course strives to understand these conflicts as national crises informed by--and enacted through--people's everyday experiences and concerns. Throughout emphasis is given to cultural and social developments and the relationship between the United States and the wider world. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American History.
Grades will be determined by a midterm exam, a final exam, and one short essay on the course readings.
Leonard Dinnerstein, Kenneth Jackson, AMERICAN VISTAS, 1607-1877 Henry Louis Gates, THE CLASSIC SLAVE NARRATIVES David Freeman Hawke, EVERYDAY LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS David Roediger, WAGES OF WHITENESS: RACE AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS A course packet of various essays and primary documents