History | American History I
H105 | 2691 | Knott

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This course surveys the history of the United States from the
collision of cultures on this continent that began with
the “discovery” of the “New World” in the fifteenth century through
to the era of the American Civil War.  The course explores social and
cultural history; that is, the experience of living in American
society in different periods and the cultural ideas Americans used to
understand their changing world.  The experience and meaning of
freedom (and its opposites), as well as struggles and rebellion in
the name of freedom, will be particular concerns.  In addition to
surveying the American past before 1865, the course also acts as an
introduction to methods of history.  It asks not just what happened
in the past, but how do we ask questions and make interpretations and
arguments about that past.  These two goals will be pursued through a
blend of lectures, class discussion, essay-writing and examination.