History | American History I
H105 | 4463 | Henry


This course focuses on the major historical ideas, questions, and
themes present in American history from Native American
civilizations to Reconstruction in 1877.  Since this is an
introductory course, no background in U.S. history is required to
enroll.  Throughout the session, we will discuss the influence of
religion, ethnicity, race, national identity, society, culture, and
gender on the American political and legal systems that developed in
the 18th and 19th centuries.  We will pay specific attention to
colonization, the American Revolution, industrialization, slavery,
westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Students will have daily reading assignments from a textbook as well
as short documents from electronic reserve.  In addition, we will
watch films and documentaries on a variety of historical topics and
read a short book, The Kingdom of Matthias:  A Story of Sex and
Salvation in the 19th-Century America.  Students will take four
short exams and write one 3-5 page paper.

In the end, students should walk away with not only an understanding
of the chronology of U.S. history to 1877, but also with a grasp of
major historical debates, as well as an increased ability to think
critically about U.S. history and their larger world.

H105 satisfies the Arts & Sciences humanities requirement and will
carry Art Humanities (AH) credit.