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HIS 101: U.S. History 1: New World Reconstruction

Course Description

This course will focus on American history from its colonial foundations to the Civil War and Reconstruction. It provides students with knowledge and understanding of the major political, social, and economic movements, as well as leading historical figures in American history up to 1877.

Notes: This course is an approved Survey Course in United States History for teacher certification in Connecticut. This course duplicates the CLEP exam and/or a course in U.S. History 1.

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe pre-Colombian societies and the clash of cultures between the Native-Americans and Europeans.
  2. Trace the evolution of the English settlements from “transplantations” to “middle grounds.”
  3. Examine the society and culture of Provincial America.
  4. Analyze the causes of the tension between the colonies and Great Britain prior to American Revolution.
  5. Describe how and why the thirteen colonies won the Revolutionary War and what problems faced the newly independent republic.
  6. Discuss the making of the US Constitution and the political battle between federalists and anti-federalists.
  7. Describe the political, economic, and social characteristics of America during the Jeffersonian Era.
  8. Explain the conflict between sectionalism and nationalism and the nature of economic growth during this period.
  9. Examine the political, economic, and social characteristics of America during the Jacksonian Era.
  10. Analyze the causes and impact of American economic growth in the 1830s and 1840s.
  11. Describe the economic and social characteristics of the “Old South.”
  12. Examine the various antebellum reform movements.
  13. Define the idea of “Manifest Destiny” and its impact on Americans; explain how the issue of slavery increased sectional tensions and reshaped the American political party system.
  14. Analyze how and why the North won the Civil War.
  15. Describe the goals of Reconstruction and evaluate how well they were met.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments
Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

50%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-15)

35%

Final Exam (Week 15)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Brinkley, Alan. American History: Survey, Volume I. 15th ed. McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-777683-1 (Looseleaf Edition)

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

Topic: The Collision of Cultures

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 1
  • Take Quiz 1

2

2

Topic: Transportations & Borderlands

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 2
  • Take Quiz 2

3

3

Topic: Society & Culture in Provincial America

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 3
  • Take Quiz 3

4

4

Topic: The Empire in Transition

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 4
  • Take Quiz 4

5

5

Topic: The American Revolution

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 5
  • Take Quiz 5

6

6

Topic: The Constitution & the New Republic

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 6
  • Take Quiz 6

7

7

Topic: The Jeffersonian Era

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 7
  • Take Quiz 7

8

8

Topic: American Nationalism

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 8
  • Take Quiz 8

9

9

Topic: Jacksonian America

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 9
  • Take Quiz 9

10

10

Topic: America’s Economic Revolution

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 10
  • Take Quiz 10

11

11

Topic: Cotton, Slavery, & the Old South

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 11
  • Take Quiz 11

12

12

Topic: Antebellum Culture & Reform

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 12
  • Take Quiz 12

13

13

Topic: The Impending Crisis

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 13
  • Take Quiz 13

14

14

Topic: The Civil War

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 14
  • Take Quiz 14

15

15

Topic: Reconstruction

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Discussion 15
  • Take Quiz 15
  • Complete Final Exam

FINAL EXAM
Chapters 1-15
SLOs 1-15

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