The United States from Settlement to Civil War

History 7A

Fall 2014
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
2050 VALLEY LSB
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
CCN: 
39114
Units: 
4
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • This course introduces the history of the lands that became the United States, from antiquity through the Civil War.  We will focus on interactions among Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans on the North American continent; the social, political, and environmental changes wrought by those interactions; the development of colonial societies and the formation of the United States; the spread of new ideas and cultural institutions; the clash of competing claims about power, rights, religious obligation, and the good life.

    Requirements include active participation in weekly discussion sections, two in-class quizzes, two take-home essays, and a final examination.

    Course Books

    Our Own Ground by Apess, William U. Massachusetts. ISBN: 978-0870237706 Required
    Dred Scott V. Sandford by Finkelman, Paul Bedford. ISBN: 978-0312115944 Required
    Becoming America, Volume I by Henkin, David and Rebecca McLennan McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0077275600 Required
    Democracy in America by Tocqueville Alexis de Bedford. ISBN: 978-0312463304 Required
    Female Marine and Related Works by Cohen, Daniel U. Massachusetts. ISBN: 978-1558491243 Required
    Complete Writings by Wheatley, Phillis Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140424300 Required
    Changes in the Land by Cronon, William Hill and Wang. ISBN: 978-0809016341 Required