2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHIST 2121 American History from the Colonial Period to the Civil War

This course examines major themes and events in the history of America from European colonization to the Civil War. The interaction among the cultural, political, economic, and social forces that shaped America during this period will be given special emphasis. We shall also search for possible parallels between past events and current circumstances. Topics to be covered include: the pre-Columbian settlements; Europe on the eve of colonization; cultural encounters in colonial North America; the formation of colonial society; revolutionary America and the framing of the Constitution; the growth of the party system; emerging industrialism and its impact on American society; cultural, intellectual and reform currents of the Early Republic; westward expansion; slavery; sectionalism; and the coming of the Civil War.




Fall semester