This class builds upon note-taking and essay writing skills in presenting a survey course in American history. The first semester will be spent covering American history up to the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War. The second semester will focus on post-Reconstruction developments and cover American historical events into the modern era. Students will be expected to read historical essays, biographies, and primary source materials. Research papers will also be assigned. In addition, students will be trained to master map skills for the periods studied. Summer reading is required.
There is no need to purchase a textbook for this course. Materials will be provided by the instructor. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by OpenStax from Rice University