United States History to 1865

History 7A

Fall 2016
245 Li Ka Shing
Day & Time: 
TTh 930-1100

This course surveys U.S. history from the contact era to the end of the Civil War. Early American history was defined first and foremost by interactions between populations that had developed in isolation from one another for millennia. As Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans interacted in North America from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, their lives were transformed in fundamental ways. Our lives today are still shaped by the opportunities and challenges these people faced, and by the choices they made.

Course Books

Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico by Schwartz, Stuart Bedford Books. ISBN: 978-0312393557 Required
Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America by Anderson, Virginia Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195304466 Required
The Classic Slaves Narratives by Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Signet Classics. ISBN: 978-0451532138 Required
Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents by Rakove, Jack Bedford Books. ISBN: 978-0312137342 Required
The Kingdom of Matthias by Johnson, Paul and Wilentz, Sean Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199892495 Required
The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents by Perdue, Theda, and Green, Michael Bedford Books. ISBN: 978-0312415990 Required
The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War by Richards, Leonard Vintage Books . ISBN: 978-0307277572 Required
Give Me Liberty by Foner, Eric W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0393911909 Optional