HIS s315K • United States, 1492-1865
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
This course will introduce students to the history of the United States from pre-European Contact to 1877. Relying heavily on primary documents (first hand accounts), we will explore the changing worlds that constituted North America over several centuries of human encounters. We will place special emphasis on the conflict and accommodation of ideas, cultural values, and perceptions across ethnic, racial, political, gender, and social lines. We will also uncover how these lines were created and transgressed, how relations of power were established, and how such power was resisted or transformed. Students will also learn the fundamentals of the historians craft through their analysis and critique of primary and secondary materials. This course partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history.
Students are required to take two in-class exams, as scheduled in the syllabus. The exams are each weighted to count for 50 percent of your grade. The exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and one essay question.
Demos, John, THE UNREDEEMED CAPTIVE: A FAMILY STORY FROM EARLY AMERICA, Vintage Books Johnson, Paul E., and Sean Wilentz, eds., THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: A STORY OF SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA, Oxford University Press Reading Packet I will provide more information as to where to purchase this packet