HIST 121: Formation of the American Republic

HIST 121-002: Formatn of Amer Republic
(Fall 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Krug Hall 242

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Section Information for Fall 2024

This course is a general survey of American history from the period of encounter through Reconstruction. Its goals are to provide an introduction to the major themes and historical developments of this era, as well as to introduce students to the methods and practices of historical research, analysis, and writing. Historians seek to understand and interpret change over time and as such, our goal in this course is to examine some of the most important changes and developments that occurred in the geographic region known today as the United States. Our survey begins with the moments of first encounter between Native populations and European explorers, with a particular focus on the ways cultural contact shaped indigenous and colonial societies. We will study the rise of slavery as a dominant system of labor in North America, and the development of the political and economic philosophies that led to American independence. We will also examine social, cultural, and geographic expansions in the new nation, and the nineteenth-century political successes and failures that led to the American Civil War.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Social, political, economic, and intellectual growth of American institutions from colonization through Reconstruction. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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