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Always Do the Reading
Lots of Writing
This class was tough.
Very detailed and interesting, and ventures off the beaten path of history. You will know the first 100 years of American history inside and out by the time you have finished this course.
This course covers the time period from the American Revolution and the American Civil War. You learn about the complex roots of the War for Independence, the development of the modern political system, the rise of such world-shaking movements as women's suffrage, abolition, and the push for public education, and the surprising real reasons behind the Civil War (hint: it's not really slavery). Professor Bardell is energetic and passionate, and he makes his expectations for your coursework very clear, so there are no surprises come test day if you've been paying attention.
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Advice for students:
KEEP UP WITH YOUR READING. There is no weekly homework, only a midterm and a final, both of which are in-class essays, but there is a TON of weekly reading that you have to know inside and out in order to pass and it snowballs very quickly. As much as I loved this class, I caused myself enormous amounts of stress by allowing myself to get behind in my reading, and it's the one thing I regret most about that semester.