History | American History I
H105 | 3049 | Gamber
Above section open to all students
This course surveys major political, economic, and social
developments in America from European settlement to the Civil War.
It also introduces students to the nature of historical inquiry and
analysis. This course pursues these goals by closely examining the
lives of several individuals, and by analyzing the ways in which
their lives shaped and were shaped by developments such as the
emergence of slavery, the Puritan “mission,” the American
Revolution, the industrial revolution, and the Civil War. Students
are required to attend lectures, participate in class discussions,
and complete assigned readings (about 75-100 pages per week). They
will also complete several very short papers on assigned readings, a
midterm examination, and a final. All examinations will be in essay
Possible readings include:
Mary Rowlandson, "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God"
Alfred Young, "The Shoemaker and the Tea Party"
Lucy Larcom, "A New England Girlhood"
Frederick Douglass, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
Alan Brinkley, "The Unfinished Nation"