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HIST 031
American History I

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In this course, we study the political, social and economic development of American society from about 1607 through the end of the Civil War era in 1877. We will begin by addressing some fundamental questions: When does American history begin? Who are Americans? What did it mean to be an American in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? What were the economic bases of American society, and how did they change during this early period of history? What different groups composed American society, and how did their various interests and concerns interface with national events and policies? We will attempt to consider these questions as well as many others through lectures, readings and class discussions. Throughout the semester we will also consider the nature of the historian’s craft and explore how to read, think and write about history. What sources do historians use to study the past and how can we begin to evaluate and utilize those sources? How have interpretations of events changed over time and what factors shape those changing interpretations?

This is an introductory course that is open to all students, no prerequisites.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s): Historical Perspectives, Written Communication II.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17