HIST 1301 syllabus

HIST 1301 syllabus - U nited States History I H IST 1301...

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H IST 1301 Fall 2010 Monday 5:45-8:15 Prof. Thomas F. Rzeznik Office: 333 Fahy Hall Phone: (973) 275-2204 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:00, and by appointment Through discussion and lectures, students will examine the history of the United States and its people from the age of European exploration to the Civil War. Designed as a broad survey, the course will introduce students to the social, political, economic, and religious factors that have contributed to the development of the American nation. Major themes that will be considered include: the diversity of cultures that contributed to the “American character”; the great experiment that was the new nation and its government; and the experiences of everyday life for individuals of all backgrounds. By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of these themes and the significance of major figures and events in this period in American history. REQUIREMENTS Readings : 1. James Henretta, et. al., America: A Concise History, vol. 1 (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009) 2. Markus Rediker, The Slave Ship: A Human History (Penguin, 2007) 3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Dover Thrift Edition) 4. The Narrative of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Edition) 5. Articles, Book Excerpts, and Primary Sources accessible online via “Blackboard” or e-reserves. These readings are marked with an asterisk (*) on the syllabus. - 1 -
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