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U.S. History Survey Course

This course is designed to provide a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from pre-European contact through reconstruction. Specific attention will be directed to the colonial era, establishment of the new nation, sectional problems, national growth, disunion and reconstruction. Particular attention will be placed on the interaction between Europeans, Americans, and the Native Peoples of the "New World." Suggestions texts: Robert A. Divine, et al. America: Past and Present. Volume One to 1877. Fourth edition. Nash, Jeffrey, et. al. American People: Creating a Nation and a Society: Volume One, 4th edition.
Course: Early U.S. History

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course of study students will understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and be able to relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy. Students will understand the political principles underlying the U. S. Constitution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government. Students will be able to understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it. Students will analyze and understand U. S. foreign policy in the Early Republic Students will understand the divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced in the North, South, and West. Students will analyze and identify the early and steady attempts to protect and to abolish slavery and realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze and understand the causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War. Students will analyze and understand the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction. Students will understand that concepts such as race, class, gender, freedom, and rights are historical and cultural constructs that change over time. Students will recognize and understand the concept of "agency." People of African descent, Mexican descent, American Indians, or women were not simply "acted upon," but exercised historical agency themselves by the choices they made and the actions they took individually or collectively. Students will be able to identify, understand, and explore the connections between religious, social, economic, and political developments from the time of European contact in the New World through the Reconstruction Era.


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Course Resources

  • U.S. History Survey Course
    U.S. History Survey Course (Online Course)
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  • History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
    This site has been developed from funding by the National Endownment for the Humanities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,... More
  • Jamestown Rediscovery
    Jamestown Rediscovery (Case Study)
    Some sections pose questions, which the instructor can easily use in the classroom. Site information easily answers each... More
  • Virtual Jamestown
    Virtual Jamestown (Collection)
    The site offers an excellent range of materials including interactive maps and images, court records (in progress),... More
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
    This site contains a variety of primary sources to help students understand Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's... More
  • The Valley of the Shadow
    This excellent website appeals to the history buff and the serious student/teacher of history. The use of primary... More
  • Crisis at Fort Sumter
    Crisis at Fort Sumter (Simulation)
    The background information in each section that sets up the problem for students and the explanations about what Lincoln... More
  • Jefferson's Blood
    Jefferson's Blood (Presentation)
    Jefferson's Blood is a well written site incorporating links to primary sources from oral history, slave narratives,... More
  • You are the Historian! - the First Thanksgiving
    You are the Historian, - the First Thanksgiving, is a WebQuest that allow students to use the skills of historians to... More