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The content of this course provides an overview of the history of the United States from the time of the first European settlement until the end of the Civil War. It will focus on the interactions between indigenous, European and African peoples in the areas which subsequently became the United States, the demographic growth and political and economic development of the colonies Europeans established, their decision to declare independence from Great Britain, the new form of government they created, changes in the definition of citizenship, the expansion of national territory, and the political, racial, cultural, ideological, economic, and social evolution of the new nation.
The course is taught almost exclusively through the use of primary source materials, both documents and visual records. Students are trained through weekly assignments and classroom discussions to analyze these records according to the document/record type, authorship, date of event and of creation of the record and time of publication or dissemination, and the audience for which they were intended. They are then required to describe and assess the message the author intended to convey, to identify and set the record in its historical context, to compare it with other documents/records dealing with the same topic, and to see it as a link in a record chain that allows historians to describe historical developments.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS) Context of Experience: United States (US) Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: none Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: 103 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 4 - 5 Number of Seats: 40 - 55 (unless W)
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