Summer 2013 HIST 1143
Survey of American History I
Instructor: Matthew Krezenski Contact Info: Use Blackboard "Contact Instructor" tool for all course-related correspondence. Course Duration: May 28 through July 1, 2013 Course Description: This course is an introductory survey of American history from the early Native Americans and European colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include native cultures, European heritage, the colonial experience, revolution and the new republic. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of the Constitution, reform movements and political compromises. Special attention will be paid to the common institutions in American society and their affects on different groups. Prerequisite: None. Credits: 3 Required Text: Davidson, James W., et al. U.S. A Narrative History, Volume I: To 1877. 2nd Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-07-338566-2 Student Objectives: To the satisfaction of the instructor, the average student, applying average study time and effort, progressively utilizing assigned reading (textbook and online) as a source for information, and working both individually and in groups, will be able to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Identify the effects of colonization on various native cultures. Compare the different British Colonies in North America. Identify the causes of the American Revolution. Discuss and evaluate the United States Constitution. Evaluate the effectiveness of the various reform movements of the 19th century. Analyze the causes of the Civil War. Identify the common institutions in American society and relate their effect on various groups. 8. Describe the basic narrative of American history including political, social, economic, and cultural issues pertaining to unity and diversity. 9. Analyze competing interpretations of American history through the use of primary materials. Course Format: This course is conducted solely through Blackboard. With the exception of your textbook,...
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