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American History I

American History I

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Course Description

This course covers a broad survey of American history from New World exploration and settlement through the Civil War.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe major civilizations in America between 30,000 B.C. and the seventeenth century
  • Examine the diversity present in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English Colonies
  • Examine the challenges faced by colonial society in a growing and diverse America
  • Analyze the causes and events of the American Revolution
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation government in establishing the new nation
  • Analyze the challenges faced by the government under the U.S. Constitution
  • Label significant American historical events on a timeline
  • Analyze the steps America took in creating a democracy during the nineteenth century
  • Examine inequalities in race, gender, and class and their impact on antebellum American society
  • Evaluate the effect of national expansion and reform on antebellum America
  • Explain the pre-war division between the North and the South
  • Analyze the reasons for and events of the Civil War
  • Investigate issues related to post-war reconstruction

Course Materials

American Stories Book Cover
Title: American Stories: A History of the United States, Volume 1
Edition: 3
Author: Brands, Breen, Williams, Gross
ISBN: 9780205960897