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HIS 104 - United States History from Early Colonization thru 1865

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is designed as a survey of political, economic and social developments of the United States from early exploration and settlement through the end of the American Civil War and the onset of Reconstruction.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the reasons for European exploration and colonization of the Americas as well as the relationships and conflicts between European and Native cultures.
  2. Explain the political, economic, religious and social developments of British Colonial America.
  3. Describe the background and causes of the American Revolution.
  4. Define the essential concepts of significant historical primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  5. Assess the main social, economic and political developments of early 19th century America.
  6. Describe the significance of American nationalism and the frontier expansion.
  7. Explain the importance of the era of Andrew Jackson and Jacksonian democracy.
  8. Evaluate the evolution of North America from thirteen colonies through the Mexican War.
  9. Compare and contrast 19th century urban and rural America.
  10. Explain the nature and development of the institution of American slavery and its relationship to human society and the American Civil War.
  11. Discuss the background and causes as well as the legacy of the American Civil War and the onset of the Reconstruction era.
Listed Topics
  1. Colonization and the collision of cultures
  2. Political, economic and social composition of the North American colonies
  3. Empire and independence: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution
  4. Shaping a federal union: Confederation through the Constitution of the United States
  5. Jeffersonian Republicanism
  6. The War of 1812
  7. Industrialization and urbanization
  8. Jacksonian democracy
  9. Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War
  10. African American slavery and the American Civil War
  11. Reconstruction
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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