HIS 317L • Colonial America
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
This course examines the chief characteristics of Anglo-American culture from the initial permanent Engilsh settlement of British North America in the early seventeenth century to the emergence of provincial socieities in the mid-eighteenth century. Its theme is the settlement and unsettlement of North America as migrants from Europe and Africa mingled with aboriginals already in the New World.
We will look comparatively at different colonizing experiments in North America and the Caribbean, in order to comprehend the varied and often international context within which colonial history took place. At the same time, we will look for the values that shaped early American institutions and social norms and examine them against alternatives, both that other contemporary societies offered and that the circumstances of colonial life suggested. In doing so we will attempt to understand how environment and experience shaped distinctive new world cultures.
Examinations, Tests, and Essay: There will be one class test and two examinations (a mid-term and a final) in this course. One essay is also required. Marking Scheme: Test 15%, Mid-Term examination 25%, Essay 30%, End-of-Term Examination 30%