United States History, 1492-1865
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to United States history from the twelfth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Students will gain a more developed understanding of American history by examining: the interactions between diverse cultures and people; the formation and use of power structures and institutions throughout the colonial, Revolutionary, and antebellum eras; and the processes behind the "Americanization" of the North American continent. Central to this course is a comparison between two interpretations of American history; a Whiggish, or great American history, and the more conflict-centered Progressive interpretation. Not only will students gain a general knowledge of this time period, but they will also understand the ways in which the past can be contextualized. Students are expected to understand both the factual basis of American history as well as the general interpretive frameworks underlying historical arguments. This course fulfills the premodern requirement for the major and minor. This course is the same as HIST 101D in the History curriculum. No prerequisite.