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Regional and Topical Surveys

HIST 020 History of the United States to 1865


Taught as schedule allows (consult the Course Directory)


The introductory survey of American history through the Civil War will seek to examine the process by which European, Indian and African cultures came to meet in the New World. It will trace the emergence of distinctly "American" habits of thought, behavior, and political institutions over the course of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries and, finally, will analyze the contradictions within the national fabric that led to the temporary breakup of the union. Registration for Lecture and Recitation Required.