This course is a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from pre-European contact through post-Civil War reconstruction. We will touch upon the histories of the colonial era, establishment of the new nation, sectional problems, national growth, disunion and reconstruction. Throughout the class we will focus as often as possible on the lives of individuals who created the new nation and a new society. In particular, we will explore the interactions between Native Peoples, Africans, Europeans, and the developing creole Americans in colonial and national contexts.

This course is a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from the Civil War up to the present. We will touch upon the histories of post-Civil War Reconstruction, agrarian and industrial activism, the Progressive Era, two World Wars, Vietnam, 20th-century social movements, the Cold War, and the U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Throughout the class we will focus as often as possible on the lives of individuals who were active in making the history of the United States in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.