H105 | 2881 | Grossberg

1:00-2:15P     TR     BH013

Above section open to all students

This course examines the history of what would become the United
States from initial European colonization to the Civil War.  It is
designed to introduce students to the study of American history.  The
course will be divided into three eras: colonial, revolutionary, and
antebellum.  In each era, students will examine the interrelationship
of social, political, economic, and cultural change.  They will
explore such persistent issues in American history as individualism,
republicanism, and capitalism, and the human motivations, external
forces, and generational influences that affected their development.
Students will also examine the craft of history as a way of
understanding human experience by reading various kinds of historical
texts such as a biography, fiction, documents, and articles on history
as a form of detective work.

Reading list:
James W. Davidson, et.al., Nation of Nations
James W. Davidson and Mark H. Lytle, After the Fact, The Art of
Historical Detection
Charles Akers, Abigail Adams
Paul Finkleman, Dred Scott v. Sanford: A Brief History with Documents
A variety of articles and short stores.

Students will be expected to attend the twice-weekly class sessions
and to participate in periodic class and group discussions.  There
will be two examinations, each worth 35% of the final grade.  Exams
will include essay and short-answer identifications.  In addition,
students will write a few short essays and take occasional quizzes.
The essays, quizzes, and class participation will account for 30% of
the final grade.