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SYLLABUS




HIS 201

United States History I

3 Semester Credit Hours A

3 Contact Hours




  1. Course Description

This course surveys United States History during the colonial, revolutionary, early national and antebellum period. It concludes with the end of the Civil War.




  1. Prerequisite

None



  1. Course textbook

Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant, 14th edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010.




  1. Course Learning Outcomes




    1. The student will develop a firm factual grasp of the basic information of early American history, including significant individuals, events, and concepts.

    2. The student will be able to describe the basic tools of the historian’s craft and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

    3. The student will be able to compare and contrast the French, Spanish, and English exploration of the Americas.

    4. The student will be able to identify the characteristics of successful English colonial settlements.

    5. The student will be able to compare and contrast life in the Chesapeake colonies to that in New England.

    6. The student will be able to summarize the British governing policies toward her North American colonies prior to 1763.

    7. The student will analyze the colonial reaction to changes in the British policies during the 1760-70s.

    8. The student will evaluate the war strategies of both Great Britain and the American colonies.

    9. The student will identify successes and failures of the government under the Articles of Confederation.

    10. The student will be able to summarize the key issues of the Constitutional Convention.

    11. The student will compare and contrast the influence of Jefferson and Hamilton during the formative years of the nation.




    1. The student will critique early American foreign policies that culminated in The War of 1812.

    2. The student will investigate and determine if the Monroe administration was really an “era of good feelings”.

    3. The student will evaluate the “democracy” during the Ages of Jefferson and Jackson.

    4. The student will critique Jackson’s stand on nullification, the national bank, and Native Americans.

    5. The student will appraise the growing differences between the North and the South in relationship to their economies and social cultures.

    6. The student will map land additions to the United States from 1800 to 1850 and relate those additions to the concept of “manifest destiny.”

    7. The student will compare and contrast the Southern justification of slavery with the growing abolitionist movement of the North.

    8. The student will identify and categorize the social, cultural, and political events of the 1850s which drove the American democratic experiment to a “point of no return.”

    9. The student will compare and contrast the advantages of the Union and the Confederacy as the nation girded herself for war.

    10. The student will assess the military strategies of the Union and the Confederacy.

    11. V. The student will evaluate the role of diplomacy during the Civil War.

    12. The student will determine and justify one event as the turning point of the Civil War.






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