HIST& 147 US History II • 5 Cr.
Examines the problems involved in creating a new nation and establishing a federal government. Students discuss the formation of political parties, the democratization of American society, national expansion, the Civil War, and the impact of industrialization. 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 changing social forces paved the way for economic growth in the early 19th century; how the War of 1812 played a pivotal role in ushering a new politics and new economic development; the ingredients of the early industrial revolution and its impact on social structures; how these new realities were influenced by the Romantic mood and the Second Great Awakening; why slavery was strengthened in the South in the early industrial revolution; Why ideological barriers contributed to the Civil War; why the North won that war the way it did; why Reconstruction ended without attainment of racial equality; what forces propelled the “second” industrial revolution; why American politics was grid locked and unable to cope with pressing issues in the 1870s and 1880s; and why the crisis of the 1890s produced the political change it did.
- 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 do this in such areas as the events of the political crisis of the 1790s, the first seven Presidents and the major ones who followed them; key events leading to the Civil War, and major political events up to 1900. They will similarly be able to place in context the presence of individuals who helped shape events
- Successful students will understand and describe impact on political developments and social relations the major cultural trends and patterns, such as Calvinism, the Second Great Awakening, Romanticism, and naturalism. Successful students will also describe and explain the role played by significant events and individuals, such as the XYZ Affair, the “Revolution of 1800,” the Louisiana Purchase, the Erie abolitionism, the annexation of Texas, secession, the battle of Gettysburg, carpetbaggers, the inventions of Thomas Edison, the blizzards of 1885-6, the Great Depression of 1893, the bicycle craze, the Spanish-American War, and the New Woman.
- 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 live in the 19th-century America, in areas such as the Overland trail and the Civil War, 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 consolidation of slavery in the South, the extent of feminine submission in Victorian America, the reasons for the Civil War, and the true impact of industrialization.