Course Summary
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Students have 60 days with 30-day extension (if needed) to complete the course
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Us History or American History


The course objective is to build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from American prehistory through the era of reconstruction.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events through a variety of perspectives
  • Evaluate the events leading up to the Civil War and understand the key players, battles, and rationales
  • Trace the evolution of slavery and examine the experience of slaves from the age of exploration through the era of reconstruction
  • Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical
  • Understand the events, people, and motivations involved in the settling of the Americas
  • Recognize the events and factors that lead up to the American Revolution
  • Analyze the political, social, and economic climate during and after the drafting of the constitution
  • Analyze how historians have interpreted the era of reconstruction and the causes for the collapse of reconstruction

General Topics:

  • Analyzing primary sources
  • The first settlers
  • The Columbian Exchange
  • Spanish, French, Dutch, and English contact
  • Native American interactions with Europeans settling the Southern, Northern, and middle colonies
  • The challenges to the English Empire
  • Growth of the colonies
  • The French and Indian War
  • American slavery from an African perspective
  • Path to the American Revolution
  • The American War for Independence, 1775-1783
  • Creating a Republic
  • The War of 1812
  • Market Revolution and economic changes
  • The Sectional Crisis and the 'Corrupt Bargain' of 1824
  • The election of 1828 and the rise of Andrew Jackson
  • The Bank War and the rise of the Second Party System
  • Slavery in the United States in the 19th century
  • Women's activism in the early 19th century
  • Manifest Destiny and The Dilemma of the West
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • A House Divided: Crises of the 1850's
  • The election of 1860 and secession
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstructing the South
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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