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TELOS - U.S. History 4 1800-1860 Growing Pains of an Empire


We will look at the early years of the nation, including the western expansion with “a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife” (D. Boone). We’ll dip into politics and President Jackson. We’ll discover the revolution in economics and transportation, the influx of immigrants and the slaves that supported the industry of cotton. We’ll also delve into the religious and philosophical trends of the time, the Second Great Awakening, the Reform and Abolition Movements, and the Transcendentalists of Concord Massachusetts.

Kristi Busch
Professional Bio: B.A. Univ. Calif. Davis, M.A. George Washington U. Worked for several different Museums and the Natl. Archives 1975-1980 Taught Kindergarten 1981-2000 Taught History and Humanities Seattle Waldorf High School 2001-2008 Taught in Telos Program 2010-present Taught in four other Continuous Learning Programs 2011-present (Timber Ridge, Communiversity, CRI, and Ida Culver)

Personal Bio: Kristi earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis in 1975. She also holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University and two Waldorf teaching credentials. She worked in the education departments of several museums in Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and in San Francisco. However, her main focus has been teaching for the past 30 years. She has taught courses in history, civics, philosophy, and mythology to 16-86 year olds and nothing compares to making history come alive. Kristi has been a storyteller in both performance and therapeutic settings, favoring medieval epics complete with accompanying musicians. She’s also a rabid gardener, raised three children, and will play mah jongg whenever there’s a spare moment.

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