This course will present American History from the colonies of the British Empire through the American Civil War and Reconstruction to 1877, with emphasis on Global implications within the framework of the established World Empires. We will first analyze the causes of the American Revolution and the challenges a new United States of America faced after defeating the British at Yorktown 1781 and signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. We will discuss the true causes of the War of 1812, and how victory shaped American interests to continue Westward through Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine. We will study the imminent and greatest challenge of the new nation and discuss the root causes and major events of the American Civil War. We will then conclude with reconstruction and the economic and political challenges that faced a battered and war-torn nation as it moved towards new challenges of the twentieth century.
This course is part I of II. The recommended text, A Short History of the United States: From the Arrival of Native American Tribes to the Obama Presidency by Robert V. Remini can be purchased at most online bookstores or ordered from your local bookstore.