History 103A: The Foundations of America
Professor Douglas Bradburn, Spring 2011
Discussion section 1:
F, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, SSW 307
Discussion section 2:
F, 12:00pm- 1:00pm, SSW 311
Discussion section 3:
F, 1:10pm-2:10pm, Fine Arts 249
Discussion section 4: F, 1:10pm-2:10pm, Fine Arts
Discussion section 5: F, 2:20pm-3:20pm, Tusc. Off. 309
Discussion section 6: F, 2:20pm-3:20pm, Tusc Off.
Discussion section 7: F, 10:50 am-11:50am, Fine Arts 247
Discussion section 8: F, 10:50am-11:50am, Fine Arts, 246
Discussion section 9: F,
8:30am-9:30am, SSW 309
Discussion section 10: F,
8:30am-9:30am, SSW 307
Office: Library Tower 703
M, 8:30-10:30AM (LT 703)
Th, 3-4:15PM (LT 703)
and by appointment.
Your teaching assistant’s name, email address,
office, and office hours can be found at the course
This course is an introduction to the origins and history of the United States of America from before
European colonization to the end of the Civil War.
With lectures, discussion, readings in primary
documents, and historical monographs, we will examine numerous aspects of this fascinating, violent,
and powerful history, endeavoring to do justice to the people, in all their diversity, who together created
the ideals, institutions, and realities, which we inherit today.
History, more than any other discipline can
tell you why the world looks the way it looks, and this course will give you a solid foundation in the
processes that created the societies and states of North America, into the nineteenth century.
The goals of the course are:
1) To present the history of the American people in a multicultural and global context, and
provide a basic framework for understanding the history of the United States through the
2) To develop critical reading, writing, and listening skills.
3) To provide an introduction to the study of history.
4) To endorse the importance of historical study in expanding your sense of your place and in the
United States and in the World.