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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 1100 - The American Experience to 1865

Hours: 4
This course surveys the history of the United States from the earliest days of contact and colonization to the era of the Civil War. Considering America in this formative period, the course investigates the ways in which the process of building an independent and unified America was neither steady nor assured. In exploring major social, political, and economic developments, the course considers sources of both unity and fragmentation among Americans including people’s competing visions of the nation, how and why those visions changed over time, and ultimately how those very tensions helped to define an American nation.