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HIST-111 American History to 1877

After completion of this course, students will be able to describe the major political, diplomatic, economic, and social developments from the fifteenth century through the Reconstruction period. In particular, students will study the European, African, and Native American cultures of pre-Revolutionary America; the American Revolution and the development of American republicanism; the Transportation Revolution and the emergence of a market economy; territorial expansion and wars; 1783-1860; antebellum reformers; Civil War, 1861-1865; and Reconstruction, 1865-1877.




Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121

Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Compare and contrast the political, economic, religious, social, and/or cultural characteristics of the North American colonies.

2. Examine primary sources as evidence to understand one’s own and various worldviews, values, and perspectives within the context of the cultures within the Atlantic World.

3. Analyze the interconnectedness of African, Native American, and European cultures within and across the context of the Atlantic World.

4. Trace the major events leading up to the American Revolution and the ideological differences during the Confederation period that led to the creation of the Constitution.

5. Describe the political, cultural, social, religious, and/or economic characteristics of the early republic.

6. Examine American expansion and its effect on Native American relations, slavery, and American diplomacy and military actions.

7. Explain the major events leading to the American Civil and its outcome.