History | American History I
H105 | 17339 | Sword


Above class open to all students
A portion of this class reserved for University Division Orientation
Program students

Need study skills help?  Then contact the Student Academic Center
(855-7313) for on-line authorization for EDUC-X101 (Learning
Strategies for History, two additional credits) that will be offered
2:30 MW or 4:00 MW.

This course introduces the history of what is now the United States,
beginning with the catastrophic collision of cultures during the
European age of exploration and concluding with the American Civil
War.   The goal is to extend your mental map of the country across
time, as well as space.  To this end, we will alternate between a
birds-eye view of important events and trends, and reconstructing
what the early American scene looked like through the eyes of people
on the ground.   You will meet, among others, the Powhatan Indian
Pocahontas and the explorer John Smith, President George Washington
and his runaway slave Ona Judge, and the nineteenth-century
travelers Harriet Martineau and Alexis de Tocqueville.

The course will not only expand your knowledge of the American past,
but also help you develop the analytical skills that make the study
of history a useful path into a range of professions.  Readings
emphasize primary sources such as maps, travel journals, letters,
and legal documents.   There will be short weekly exercises designed
to help you analyze and argue from these materials, and to foster
class discussion.  There will also be a mid-term and a final.