The United States from Settlement to Civil War

History 7A

Fall 2012
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This course surveys American history from the contact era through the Civil War. It approaches this history in part from a continental perspective, mindful of those regions of colonial and early national North America not dominated by English-Speakers. Major themes include the experiences and historic significance of the continent's native peoples; the centrality of African slavery to early American history, and the demographic, economic, and political transformations of the late 18th and early 19th centuries that would have such profound consequences for all the continent's peoples. Aside from the main task of understanding the key events and processes that shaped early American history, students will explore the sources and methods historians use to write history through discussion of primary documents and through a significant web-based research assignment.

Course Books

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Writing and Speeches (2010) by Michael P. Johnson Bedford/ St. Martin’s. ISBN: 0312558139 Required
Attitudes Toward Sex in Antebellum America: A Brief History with Documents (2006) by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz Bedford/ St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9780312412265 Required
Democracy in America: Abridged with an Introduction by Alexis de Tocqueville Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 0312463308 Required
Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era: A Brief History with Documents, First Edition (2009) by Woody Holton Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9780312413590 Required
The U.S. War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents by Ernesto Chavez Bedford/St. Martin's. . ISBN: 978-0312249212 Required
The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca University of Nebraska Press. ISBN: 978-0803264168 Required
The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Document by Thomas Kidd Bedford St. Martins. ISBN: 978-0312452254 Required