HIST 252
From Contact to Civil War: A History of North America to 1865 Spring 2017
Division II
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This course will provide a survey of North American history from Europe’s first expansion into the New World to the American Civil War. Cast as a contest between competing empires and their peoples, the course begins in Europe and Native North America before contact and studies the expansion of European nations into the New World. The course will emphasize the history of British North America and the interactions between and among the many peoples of colonial America. The course will then examine the coming, course, and consequence of the American Revolution (or what many at the time considered America’s first civil war). The new nation unleashed massive and far-reaching economic, social and political changes. The last third of the course will explore these changes in the antebellum era and trace how they affected the coming of America’s second civil war.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3508
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, mid-term, final exam, book review, and weekly writing assignments
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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