his110ca | undergraduate
U.S. History To 1865
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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The Constitution, The Early Republic, and Growing Divisions
- Explain why the founders felt it was essential to guarantee the Bill of Rights as amendments to the U.S. Constitution immediately upon ratification.
- Describe how Andrew Jackson shaped the new republic and established precedents for future generations.
- Starting with the War of 1812, explain how nationalism, industrialization, and expansionism led to political divisions and economic difficulties.
- Analyze the arguments in favor of and in opposition to a strong federal government in the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
Awakening, Abolitionists, and Expansion
- Explain the influence the Second Great Awakening had on culture and politics in the first half of the 19th century.
- Analyze the rise of the abolitionist movement and its effect on the women’s rights movement.
- Describe the westward movement and what economic and political effects that migration had on the United States.
- Describe the lives of African slaves and their importance to the southern economy.
Slavery and the Civil War
- Explain how the expansion of slavery into the western territories and states heightened the political division between the North and South.
- Explain why Lincoln’s stand on slavery and his election led to the secession of the southern states.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy, as well as how they affected the outcome of the war.
- Describe the effects of the prolonged war on the economies and the people in the North and the South.
- Describe the new roles that women and blacks developed over the course of the war.
The New World and Early British Settlements
- Describe the religious and political structure of major Native American tribes in North America prior to the European discovery.
- Analyze the struggle for dominance and the new balance of power between Europeans and Native Americans.
- Describe how early practices of indentured servitude and slavery in the British colonies led to hereditary slavery based on race.
- Compare the economics, governance, and religion between the British colonies: New England, the Chesapeake, and the South.
Colonial America, Enlightenment, and Revolution
- Summarize the contests for empire between Britain, other European countries, and Native American tribes.
- Describe the political and social events that led to revolution in the American colonies.
- Describe the ideologies that influenced the intellectual mindset of pre-revolutionary America.
- Analyze how the Declaration of Independence embodied the founding philosophies of the United States of America.
- Explain how the colonists were able to succeed in their efforts for independence from Britain.
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