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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2009

HIS 315K • United States, 1492-1865

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38780 to 38825 Multiple Sections
Rubinson

Course Description

This survey course presents the history of the nation now known as the United States from the first contact between Europeans, Africans, and Americans to the end of the Civil War. The course structure frames this time period as the growth of the United States from a group of separate colonies to a unified but half-devastated nation after the Civil War. This frame will, it is hoped, cause students to ask how these different sections, encompassing groups as different as Puritans in the North and slaves in the Deep South, became a unified nation of people known as Americans. Beyond these goals, students will, by the end of the course, have experience with and understanding of the academic historians craft: developing arguments about the past based on historical evidence.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

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