HIST& 146 US History I • 5 Cr.
Synthesizes the European heritage and colonial experience and their effect on American ideas and institutions. Students examine the War of Independence and formation of the Federal Union. Other topics include religion, mercantilism, westward expansion, and Anglo-American republican thought. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Through written essays and verbal class discussion, successful students will analyze relevant causes and effects in addressing such questions as how the social structures of North America tribes stemmed from the environment; what motivated early settlers to brave the dangerous Atlantic crossing to settle in a new land, what patterns produced social and political structures characteristic of Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and other colonies; why slavery arose primarily in the South; why Americans became increasingly tied to England around 1700; why new economic realities created a more complex and differentiated society; why the First Great Awakening produced divisions in American society and politic; why the French and Indian War led to the imperial crises; why the republican ideology became so influential in America; why the colonists won their war of independence from Britain; why postwar problems led to a demand for a Constitution; why the dangers of foreign war and domestic conflict led to a two-party system.
- Successful students will present accurate timelines in written narrative forms (in written and oral analysis), such as exams or extended essays (including oral discussion, tests, and papers). They will be able to compare when colonies were established and understand the chronology of growth and development. Assisted by understanding of the other events , successful students will place in proper context social-cultural movements such as the Great Awakening, conflicts such as the Revolutionary War, and the presence of individuals who helped shaped events.
- Successful students will understand and describe the impact on political developments and social relations of major cultural trends and patterns, such as English cultural patterns, Calvinism, the Great Awakening, and the Enlightenment. Successful students will also describe and explain the role played by significant events and individuals, such as the early settlements, John Winthrop, Ann Hutchinson, Nathaniel Bacon, the English civil war and Glorious Revolution, the series of Franco-British wars, the Indian wars, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, the imperial crisis, Shays’ Rebellion, and the framing of the Constitution.
- Successful students will evaluate evidence and construct cogent, logical arguments in response to questions of both interpretation and content on such items as those listed above, thereby demonstrating the use of evidences in historical study. They will display this ability on written exams, assigned essays, and in class discussions.
- Successful students will investigate primary source materials including diary excerpts and narrative accounts of the conditions of life in early America, learning to assess them in historical context and bringing analysis of the sources to bear in such questions as those listed above.
- Successful students will recognize historiographical debates and problems such as the reasons for the rise of slavery, the extent of feminine submission in colonial America, the reasons for the American Revolution, and the motives of the framers of the Constitution.