History | American History I
H105 | 4486 | Kong
This course surveys the birth and evolution of American society from
European settlement through to the era of the Civil War. No
background in U.S. history is required for enrollment.
This course will be divided into two parts: 1) the colonial period
through the American Revolution and the birth of the new republic;
and 2) the post-revolutionary era through the Civil War. Although
numerous themes and issues emerge during these periods, we will
examine the ways in which social and cultural systems developed out
of adaptation of changing environmental and historical
circumstances. Emphasizing social and cultural forces in the making
of history, we will attempt to analyze, entangle, and deconstruct
the historical events and phenomena in colonial and antebellum
Two important goals of this course are: 1) to offer a chance to see
studying history as dynamic, rather than as a static and isolated
process; 2) and to provide you with a variety of academic approaches
and analytical skills that you may apply to contemporary events and
issues within a historical context.
James West Davidson, William E. Gienapp, Christine Leigh Heyrman,
Mark H. Lytle, and Michael B. Stoff, Nation of Nations: A Narrative
History of the American Republic, Vol. I, 4th edition (2001).
[Nation of Nations]
[ISBN: 0-07-231507-5 without E-Source]
Lisa Wilson, Ye Heart of a Man: The Domestic Life of Men in
Colonial New England (1999).
[Ye Heart of a Man]
Melton A. McLaurin, Celia A Slave: A True Story (1991). [Celia]
BiblioBase (Course reader containing primary documents). [BB]