Introduction to American History

The Course
Course Readings
Course Assignments
Grading
Attendance Policy
Course Supplements
Course Schedule

HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1492-1877

HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1492-1877

History 225: 1877 to the Present

Course Schedule

Schedule: The following tentative schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments and readings. The page numbers of required readings are listed by the last names of the authors. Assigned readings should be completed by the class date listed in the left column.


INTRODUCTION

Sep. 1
Introduction to the Course


THE COLONIAL PERIOD
1492-1763

Sep. 3
Indian Societies in the Western Hemisphere

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 1-13

Sep. 6
Christopher Columbus and the European Discovery of America

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 13-36
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 24-43

Sep. 8
The Origins of English Colonization of America: Virginia and New England

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 36-84

Sep. 10
The Encounter Between Indians, Europeans, and Africans in North America; the Expansion of British America in the Seventeenth Century

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 84-104

Sep. 13
Social, Economic, and Demographic Development of Colonial America

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 105-164
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 44-87

Sep. 15
Colonial American Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 105-164
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 1-23, 88-112

Sep. 17
Benjamin Franklin and the American Enlightenment

  • Masur, ed., Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, all pages


THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
1763-89

Sep. 20
British North America in the British Empire

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 165-197

Sep. 22
The Origins of American Resistance, 1763-71

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 198-220
  • Quiz on The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Sep. 24
The Road to American Independence, 1772-76

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 220-240, A3-A7

Sep. 27
The Ideology of the Revolution

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 152-155, 207-209, 272-275

Sep. 29
The War of the American Revolution, Opening Phases, 1775-78

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 241-258

Oct. 1
The War of the American Revolution, Closing Phases, 1778-83

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 258-290

Oct. 4
Exam 1
will be given on October 4.

Oct. 6
The Confederation Period, 1781-89

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 272-276, 291-309, A8-A15

Oct. 8
The Movement for Constitutional Reform

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 309-319
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 113-135

Oct. 11
The Writing and Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 319-326, A16-A35
  • Student Debate on the Question: "Is the Constitution a Democratic Document?"


THE EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD
1789-1815

Oct. 13
George Washington and the Organization of the New Government

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 327-342

Oct. 15
The Origins of Political Parties and the First American Party System

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 342-359

Oct. 18
FALL BREAK-NO CLASS

Oct. 20
The Adams Administration and the Quasi-War with France

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 360-370

Oct. 22
The Jefferson Administration

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 371-387
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 136-159

Oct. 25
The Struggle for Neutral Rights and the Origins of the War of 1812

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 387-392

Oct. 27
The War of 1812 (1812-15)

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 392-407
  • Critical Questions Exercise 1 Due


THE AGE OF EGALITARIANISM
1815-44

Oct. 29
The Market Revolution and the Great Transformation, 1815-60

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 485-535

Nov. 1
The Market Revolution and the Great Transformation, 1815-60

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 485-535

Nov. 3
The American Renaissance: Romanticism, Revivalism, and Reform

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 536-580

Nov. 5
Postwar Nationalism and the Era of Good Feelings

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 408-442

Nov. 8
Exam 2
will be given on November 8.

Nov. 10
Andrew Jackson: Jacksonian Ideology, Executive Power, and Indian Removal

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 461-465, 481-484
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 160-182

Nov. 12
Jackson and the "Personal Presidency"; The Nullification Crisis

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 443-461

Nov. 15
The Bank War and the Second American Party System; The Van Buren Administration

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 465-481, 582-585

Nov. 17
Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 581-582, 585-622
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 260-284


SECTIONALISM, CIVIL WAR, RECONSTRUCTION
1844-77

Nov. 19
The Slave's View of Slavery: The Perspective of Frederick Douglass

  • Gates, ed., Classic Slave Narratives, 255-331

Nov. 22
The Slave's View of Slavery: The Perspective of Harriet Jacobs

  • Gates, ed., Classic Slave Narratives, 333-515

Nov. 24
Slavery and the Old South

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 623-661
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 208-233

Nov. 26
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY-NO CLASS

Nov. 29
The Rise of the Antislavery Movement; Texas Annexation, the Mexican War, and the Origins of the Sectional Crisis, 1844-49

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 661-682
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 183-207, 234-259

Dec. 1
The Sectional Crisis and the Emergence of the Third American Party System, 1850-56

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 682-703
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 285-305

The Road to Civil War, 1857-61

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 703-722

Dec. 3
Battles and Military Campaigns of the Civil War, 1861-65

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 723-753, 771-788
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 306-327
  • Critical Questions Exercise 2 Due

Dec. 6
The Civil War as a Social Revolution

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 754-770
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 328-349
  • Student Debate on the Question: Did Abraham Lincoln Free the Slaves?

Dec. 8
Wartime Reconstruction, 1863-65

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 789-798

Dec. 10
Andrew Johnson v. Congress; Congressional Reconstruction, 1866-69

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 799-822
  • Madaras & SoRelle, eds., Taking Sides, 350-371

Dec. 13
The Grant Administration and the Decline of Reconstruction , 1869-77

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 823-836
  • Student Debate on the Question: Was it Wrong to Impeach Andrew Johnson?


FINAL EXAMS

Dec. 16
Exam 3 for Section A (12:00 MWF) will be given Thursday, December 16, at 3:00-5:00

Dec. 17
Exam 3 for Section B (1:00 MWF) will be given Friday, December 17, at 3:00-5:00


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