HIS 315K • United States, 1492-1865
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.
Designed to accomodate 100 or more students.
Grades will be determined by a midterm exam, a final exam, and one short essay on the course readings.
Tentative Reading List: Colin Calloway, New Worlds for All Henry Louis Gates, The Classic Slave Narratives Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution Daniel Cohen (ed.), The Female Marine and Related Works Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, Kingdom of Matthias Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market