History | American History I
H105 | 2912 | Andrews

Above section open to all students

This course is a study in the major topics of United States history
from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. It will cover
the political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments
that marked the early years of the American experiment. From its
earliest years the American nation has been shaped by competing
secular and religious desires to create a perfected society; this
class will examine the utopian hopes behind the establishment of
colonies on what Europeans considered the "New World," the
transition of those colonies into an independent republic, and the
challenge of creating and defining a new nation. We will also
explore how the tensions that were inherent in this experiment –
differences in race, class, gender, and nationality – became issues
of contention during the United States’ first century. This course
will examine how slavery fit within a political culture which
pledged its dedication to liberty and freedom. In all of this, we
will pay attention to how the struggles and developments during this
crucial period transformed the real lives of all Americans – slave
and free, male and female, northern and southern, and black and

Lecture attendance is mandatory and this course will require about
75-100 pages of reading per week. The readings will be drawn from
both primary sources (written in the past) and secondary sources
(written by modern historians.) Students will be evaluated through
class discussions, short writing assignments, a mid-term
examination, and a final.