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U. S. History to 1865




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.



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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.

Civil War

  • 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.


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