History | American History I
H105 | 3121 | Honeyford


Above section open to undergraduates only

This introduction to the history of America through 1865 is organized
around six major themes in early American history:
migration/settlement, religion, empire, independence, region, and
race. Other important dimensions of the early American experience
such as war, politics, gender, and class are woven into the story
along the way.

While the lectures and discussions center on the above themes, the
textbook will be used to provide the necessary contextual and
chronological details to help you make sense of how these themes fit
into the larger American story. In addition, we will take a closer
look at two key moments in early America: the formation of a
distinctive colonial identity at the turn of the eighteenth century
(via John Demos's book on the capture of young Eunice Williams by
French-backed Abenaki warriors during their 1704 attack on frontier
Deerfield) and the arguments over slavery in the early nineteenth
century (via primary sources of proslavery and antislavery
activists).

These two moments and sources will also serve as the basis for two
papers (approximately 4 pages each); the other primary means of
evaluation will be attendance and classroom participation, a midterm
exam, and a final exam. Each of these 5 components will be weighted
equally, at twenty percent of the final grade.