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HIST 201 - Early United States History

3 Credits: (3 lecture)

Course Description
This course is an introduction to the history of America from pre-Columbian times to 1877. The class will explore how race, geography, gender, class, and culture created competing worlds in America. Students will analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in American history before the Reconstruction era. This course meets the General Education competency of Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives (VE).


Shi, David and George Tindall. America: The Essential Learning Edition Vol. 1. 3rd ed. WWNorton, 2022. 

The student will be able to: 


A. Identify the basic facts and chronology of recent American history prior to the Reconstruction era. 

B. Identify the roots and impact of American expansion, and diplomacy prior to the Civil War. 

C. Exhibit knowledge of American political traditions, economic structures, and cultural legacies. 

D. Assess the history of America’s minority communities, particularly as they relate to our commonality. 

E. Evaluate the impact of ethical problems from a variety of historical perspectives. (VE) 

F. Examine the complexity of global human diversity and the various forces that shape it. (VE) 

A. A review of the Renaissance and Reformation as it is important to the founding of European colonies. 

B. The founding of the British colonies and the struggle for North America. 

C. Independence:  the impact of the Enlightenment and the experiments of a new nation. 

D. Growth and expansion:  the expansion of the United States, westward migration, and political, social, and economic results of expansion. 

E. The sectional conflict:  the slavery controversy that threatened the very status of the Union. 

F. Contributions of America’s Communities to the development of our nation. 


Student Evaluation
A-F. Class discussion, written assignments, and objective and essay examinations. 

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