History | American History I
H105 | 2904 | Bieder


This course will cover the period from the early settlement of
European people and their contact with native groups to the period of
Reconstruction.  Although it will consider areas of economic,
diplomatic, political and environmental history, it will focus
primarily on the social and cultural history of the colonial period
and the years from the Revolution to Reconstruction.  The course will
be divided into two parts.  The first part will cover from discovery
to Revolution--the second part from Revolution to Reconstruction.

The course begins with a reading of Native American civilizations at
the time of European contact or what anthropologists term
the “ethnographic present.”  Here will be emphasized the native
groups who came into early contact with the Spanish, English, French
and Dutch.  The colonial world will next be considered.  Here the
stress will be on the transfer of institutions from Europe to America
and their modifications.  Also explored will be the events that led
up to the Revolution.

After the midterm exam, lectures will focus on the invention of the
new nation.  Topics will include the establishment of political
institutions, economic development, geographical expansion, urban
growth, reform movements, environmental change, slavery and Indian
removal.

Texts will include a main survey text and one or more shorter
specialized texts.

Grades will be based on a series of quizzes, a midterm, a final exam,
discussion and attendance.