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United States History to 1877

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for United States History to 1877 (common course-id HIST 130), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number:  HIST 130

General Course Description:  HIST 130

Historical survey of the European colonization of North America and of the United States through Reconstruction.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Completion of IGETC Area 1A

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History through current analytical categories of race, class, gender and ethnicity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of America’s growth in a global context.
  • Explain the major economic, technological and scientific developments and their historical significance.
  • Analyze major political trends, attitudes, conflicts and events—including both mainstream and reform efforts—and explain their historical significance.
  • Explain the major social and cultural developments, their causes and effects, and their historical significance.


Will include:

  1. Written essays and/or research projects.
  2. Essay exams.

Can also include:

  1. Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
  2. Objective exams.
  3. Classroom projects and presentations.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877
    This open textbook produced by the University Press of North Georgia (UPNG) examines U.S. History from before European... More
  • Sage American History: A Survey of America’s Past
    Sage American History authored by Henry Sage is designed as an open educational resource for college and high school... More
  • Digital History
    Digital History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The University of Houston and other partners have created an interactive, multimedia history of the United States... More
  • American History - Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium
    The word history comes from the Greek word historía which means to learn or know by inquiry. In the pieces that follow,... More
  • STILL CASTING SHADOWS: A Shared Mosaic of U.S. History Vol. I, 1620-1913
    Still Casting Shadows: A Shared Mosaic of U.S. History breaks with tradition by presenting a holistic (rather than a... More
  • US History
    US History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This textbook is based on the College Entrance Examination Board test in Advanced Placement United States History. The... More
  • US History 1
    US History 1 (Online Course Module)
    No matter where you land on the teaching spectrum, the aim of the Open Course is opening the door to using and improving... More
  • U.S. History
    U.S. History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    U.S. History covers the breadth of the chronological history of the United States and also provides the necessary depth... More