HST 118: History of the United States, 1776-2004
In this module you will explore the entire history of the United States. You will study the first encounters between Europeans and Native Americans, the emergence and consolidation of a new polity through the revolutionary era, the bitter conflicts over slavery that led to a civil war which claimed 600,000 lives, the violent and contested processes of westward expansion, economic integration, and mass immigration that marked the nineteenth century, and the tumultuous domestic and global crises of the twentieth century. Its coordinated program of lectures and seminars is designed to provide a narrative framework that will help you to form and develop your understanding of the American past. It will introduce you to the key problems and controversies in American history, highlighting major historiographical flashpoints and illuminating trends in current scholarship.
This Wiki has been designed to increase students' access to the many primary sources that are now available online.
Each week has its separate page, located through the table at the bottom of this page, and each one contains a brief overview of the week, important sources and seminar tasks.
In particular, it is worth exploring the Categories at the bottom of each week's page. Through these you can explore many primary sources.
Some sources are obviously applicable and very useful, others will broaden your understanding of the subject by coming at it from a different angle. Each page is there to be read and edited by you. Discuss the sources, add information, add links. Use the How to page if you run into difficulties. Explore, edit and create - this wiki is here for you.
Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom - one of America's most eminent historians discusses an interpretative survey of American history.
Seymour M. Lipset, American Exceptionalism - discussion of Lipset's book on the idea of America's exceptional trajectory.
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States - historian discusses this iconoclastic work.
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