History | American History I
H105 | 10188 | K. Eberly

In this course, we will explore the theme of freedom in U.S.
History. As a fundamental idea behind Americans' sense of themselves
as individuals and as a nation, freedom is deeply embedded in the
record of American history and the language of everyday life. But
while its importance remained constant, the meaning of freedom has
been ever-changing. Such flexibility made possible not only the
expansion, but also the restriction of freedom. In fact, defining
who is NOT free has been as important as defining who is free.
Throughout the 17th, 18th,and 19th centuries, Americans struggled
(and sometimes battled) to define political, economic, and
individual freedom. From Jamestown to Charleston, from John Winthrop
to the Second Great Awakening, and from the Declaration of
Independence to the Gettysburg Address, Americans debated the
meaning of freedom and in the process invented a nation. Through
primary source analysis, class discussion, and various writing
assignments, we will examine competing interpretations of freedom
and the historical conditions that shaped them.