This course is what is called a “survey” course in American history. Our study commences with the birth of our nation in the Revolutionary War period, and concludes with the aftermath of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
We will approach history as the living, breathing testament to both where our nation has been and where it is going, and over the course of the year we will examine the experiences of the myriad of groups, individuals, and political and social movements that have come to define our heritage.
1) To develop an appreciation of the multicultural, pluralistic nature of U.S. society in the context of the principles of democracy
2) To understand and appreciate American ideals as expressed in historical documents, speeches, songs, art, and symbolic representations and rituals
3) To recognize that our country’s original ideals are ever-evolving and in need of constant protection and reaffirmation.