US to the Civil War

History 7A

Fall 2010
155 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11A

This course is an introductory survey of North American and United States history from the period of European colonization through the era of the U.S. Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on the migration of people from Europe and Africa to North America, their contact and interaction with native Americans, the formation of new societies and economies, and the corresponding development of new political and social ideas in America, with special attention paid to the evolving relationship between slavery and freedom. Although the course will address the major themes and issues of early American history, the lectures and readings will frequently focus on the lives of individuals, both prominent and obscure, who shaped and were shaped by larger forces and developments.