21H.101 American History to 1865

Fall 2005

Abraham Lincoln.
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number: LC-USZ62-58751 (b&w film copy neg.)].)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and detailed descriptions of the assignments. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This course focuses on a basic history of American social, economic, and political development from the colonial period through the Civil War. The colonial heritages of Spanish and British America; the American Revolution and its impact; the establishment and growth of the new nation; and the Civil War, its background, character, and impact are examined. Readings include writings of the period by Winthrop, Paine, Jefferson, Madison, W. H. Garrison, G. Fitzhugh, H. B. Stowe, and Lincoln.
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Prof. Pauline Maier

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session