U. S. HISTORY TO 1865
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Course level: "Undergraduate"
"<p>This course provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and global events that have shaped the American scene from colonial times through the Civil War period.</p>"
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What you'll learn
What you’ll learn
Contact, Settlement, Slavery
- Describe the clash of cultures that took place in North America between the Native Americans, colonists, and Black slaves.
- Describe the establishment of early colonies.
- Explain the paradoxical rise of slavery and freedom in Colonial America.
- Describe the development of regional differences among the British colonies.
From British Colonies to the United States
- Examine the long-term causes, philosophical ideals, and immediate actions that led to the Revolutionary War.
- Summarize the philosophical ideals of the Enlightenment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
- Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Revolutionary War.
- Summarize the effect of the Revolutionary War on the colonists, slaves, native populations, and women.
A New Nation
- Trace the development of political parties in the new republic.
- Describe Jeffersonian democracy in relation to significant events from Jefferson’s presidency.
- Discuss the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the War of 1812.
Antebellum America and Moving West
- Identify the significance of early 19th-century themes and ideas on American society.
- Describe the exploration and settlement of the American West.
- Identify the relationship between the events and outcomes of territorial expansion in the pre-Civil War period.
- Trace the development of slavery as a divisive issue that led to the Civil War.
- Compare and contrast the advantages of the North and South at the start of the Civil War.
- Summarize the contributions of women and freed Blacks to the Civil War.
- Identify the relationship among the events, leaders, and outcomes of the Civil War.