American History

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Unit 1: Europe and the Americas, 1450-1607 by Paula Findlen, Stanford University

  • Essay: Europe and the Americas, 1450-1607
  • Lecture: Columbus and Vespucci: A Tale of Two Discoveries
  • Problem: John White
  • Problem: Cabeza de Vaca
  • Problem: Early Maps of the New World
  • Problem: European Views of Native American Women
  • Composition: John White

Unit 2: Colonial America, 1607-1750 by Mark Peterson, UC Berkeley

  • Essay: Colonial America, 1607-1750
  • Lecture: Gentility, Religious Revivalism, and Self-Transformation in the 18th Century
  • Problem: Nathaniel Bacon
  • Problem: John Quelch
  • Problem: Mission and Presidio in the Southwest
  • Problem: Devils in the New World
  • Problem: Colonial Slavery in Virginia and Maryland
  • Problem: The First Great Awakening Sermons
  • Composition: Nathaniel Bacon: Bacon’s Rebellion and Land Policy

Unit 3: The American Revolution and Constitution, 1750-1790 by Alan Taylor, University of Virginia

  • Essay: The American Revolution and Constitution, 1750-1790
  • Lecture: The Revolution in the West, 1776-1783
  • Problem: Slaves and Slaveowners
  • Problem: Captain Hendrick Aupaumut
  • Problem: The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)
  • Problem: The Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Problem: Gouverneur Morris and the U.S. Constitution (1787)
  • Problem: The Bill of Rights (1789-1792)
  • Composition: Slaves, Slaveowners, and Abolition, 1773-1785

Unit 4: The Early American Republic, 1790-1815 by Caroline Winterer, Stanford University

  • Essay: The Early American Republic, 1790-1815
  • Lecture: The New Rome, 1790-1815
  • Problem: Women’s Education
  • Problem: The Growth of Slavery
  • Problem: Slave Revolts in the Early Republic
  • Problem: The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
  • Problem: The First Party System
  • Composition: Women’s Education

Unit 5: The North, 1815-1860 by Seth Rockman, Brown University

  • Essay: The North, 1815-1860
  • Lecture: Free People of Color and Citizenship [African Americans in the North]
  • Problem: Measuring Alcoholism
  • Problem: Transportation and Communication
  • Problem: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Right of Association
  • Problem: Andrew Jackson’s Speech on the Bank of the United States
  • Problem: The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
  • Composition: Measuring the Problem of Alcoholism in America

Unit 6: The West, 1815-1860 by Karl Jacoby, Columbia University

  • Essay: The West, 1815-1860
  • Lecture: Blood and Soil: The US-Mexico War, 1846-1848
  • Problem: John Wesley Powell
  • Problem: Chinook Jargon
  • Problem: Californios and the Bear Flag Revolt
  • Problem: The Oregon Trail and the Clipper Ship
  • Problem: Railroad Companies and Western Land Grants
  • Problem: The Gold Rush, Chinese Immigrants, and Mark Twain
  • Composition: John Wesley Powell Map [patterns of settlement in the West]

Unit 7: The South, 1815-1860 by Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

  • Essay: The South, 1815-1860
  • Lecture: The War Within: The Plantation House in the South
  • Problem: Slave Labor and Plantation Rules
  • Problem: Yeoman Farmers
  • Problem: The Great Compromise on Slavery
  • Problem: The Dred Scott Decision and the Election of 1860
  • Problem: Frederick Douglas and John C. Calhoun
  • Problem: Slave Recollections in the Federal Writers’ Project
  • Composition: Slave Labor and Plantation Rules

Unit 8: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877 by Kate Masur, Northwestern University

  • Essay: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877
  • Lecture: Two Years that Changed America, 1865-67 [Reconstruction]
  • Lecture: Native Americans in the Late 19th Century
  • Problem: The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Problem: Stanton and the AERA
  • Problem: Turning Point: Gettysburg and Vicksburg, July 1863
  • Problem: The Gettysburg Address
  • Problem: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • Problem: The Black Codes of Mississippi
  • Problem: The Richmond Bread Riots
  • Document: Buffalo Soldiers
  • Composition: The Emancipation Proclamation

Unit 9: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, 1877-1914 by Charles Postel, San Francisco State University

  • Essay: The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, 1877-1914
  • Lecture: Populism: Peril or Promise?
  • Lecture: The Great Migration, by Hasia Diner, New York University [European migration]
  • Problem: Jacob Riis’s Photos
  • Problem: The Election of 1912
  • Problem: Ethnic Enclaves
  • Problem: Chinese Immigration
  • Problem: Thomas Nast, Chinese Exclusion, and the Editorial Cartoon
  • Problem: Omaha Platform (1892)
  • Problem: Women’s Suffrage Movement and the West
  • Problem: The Great Migration of African Americans
  • Composition: Jacob Riis’s Photos

Unit 10: WWI and the 1920s, 1914-1929 by Glen Gendzel, San Jose State University

  • Essay: WWI and the 1920s, 1914-1929
  • Lecture: America Enters WWI, 1914-1918
  • Problem: Advertising
  • Problem: Patriotic Music
  • Problem: WWI Propaganda Posters
  • Problem: The Sykes-Picot Agreement/Balfour Declaration
  • Problem: Zimmerman Telegram (1917)
  • Problem: Wilson’s Declaration of War (April 2, 1917)
  • Problem: Eugene V. Debs v. United States (1918)
  • Problem: Wilson’s 14 Points Speech
  • Composition: Advertising in the 1920s and 30s

Unit 11: The Great Depression, 1929-1941 by Linda Gordon, New York University

  • Essay: The Great Depression, 1929-1941
  • Lecture: Visual Americanism: The Art of the New Deal [Depression-era murals]
  • Problem: Letters to the Roosevelts
  • Problem: Japanese American Internment
  • Problem: Dorothea Lange and Hispanic Farmworkers
  • Problem: Huey Long and Demagoguery
  • Problem: Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms
  • Composition: Letters to the Roosevelts

Unit 12: WWII and the Cold War, 1941-1972 by Katherine A.S. Sibley, St. Joseph’s University

  • Essay: WWII and the Cold War, 1941-1972
  • Lecture: Red Spies in America: Rise of the National Security State
  • Problem: Anti-Soviet Propaganda
  • Problem: The Tet Offensive
  • Problem: Gallup Polls on Entering WWII, 1939-41
  • Problem: Women and the Home Front in WWII
  • Problem: The European and Pacific Theaters of War, 1943-45
  • Problem: The Atomic Bomb and Truman
  • Problem: Kennedy’s American University Speech
  • Composition: Anti-Soviet Propaganda

Unit 13: Post-War America, 1945-1972 by Mark Brilliant, UC Berkeley

  • Essay: Post-War America, 1945-1972
  • Lecture: “The Color of America has Changed”: The Long and Wide Civil Rights Movement
  • Problem: The Legacy of Perez v. Sharp
  • Problem: Love Canal
  • Problem: Black Nationalism and Malcolm X
  • Problem: Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Problem: Anti-War Rock Music of the 1960s
  • Problem: Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers
  • Composition: The Legacy of Perez v. Sharp [law of interracial and same-sex marriage]

Unit 14: The Conservative Turn, 1972-2000 by Julian Zelizer, Princeton University

  • Essay: The Conservative Turn, 1972-2000
  • Lecture: Conservatism and the Politics of Foreign Policy, 1972-1980
  • Problem: The Second Gilded Age
  • Problem: The Rise of Incarceration
  • Problem: Ethnicity and Electoral Politics
  • Problem: Gender, Age, and Voting
  • Problem: Women in Congress, 1917-2011
  • Composition: The Second Gilded Age

Unit 15: The Changing American Economy, 1972-present by Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College

  • Essay: The Changing American Economy, 1972-present
  • Lecture: Gay and Lesbian History, 1945-present
  • Problem: The Rodney King Riots
  • Problem: College Graduation and the Labor Market
  • Problem: The Living Wage Movement
  • Problem: Clinton’s 1995 Speech on Welfare Reform
  • Composition: The Rodney King Riots

Unit 16: The Demographic Revolution, 1972-present by David Gutierrez, UC San Diego

  • Essay: The Demographic Revolution, 1972-present
  • Lecture: Immigration in the Postwar Era
  • Problem: The US Supreme Court
  • Problem: 9-11 and Immigration
  • Problem: The Social Network and Sociability
  • Composition: The US Supreme Court







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