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HST 177 – American Revolution

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Survey of the Revolutionary Era, 1760-1791. Causes of the Revolution, War for Independence, establishment of the Constitution. Prerequisite: Three hours of History.

Section Description: In 1760 when George III ascended the throne of England, the British North America colonies celebrated their new monarch with parades and great gatherings, speeches heralding their “English liberties,” and proclamations of their pride of place within the British Empire. Each colony saw its primary relationship as being with Britain, not the other colonies stretched along the North Atlantic seaboard. In fact, the thirteen colonies spent a considerable amount of time jealously feuding with one other. Given the rich and close nature of the relationship between the colonies and their mother country, what course of events could possibly bring about revolution and a war for independence? What would ultimately make the American Revolution a civil war, an internal rebellion, and a world war? How did Americans (and the Continental Congress) wage a war against Britain and win? Where do women, Native Americans, and black Americans fit into this story? These are a few of the central questions explored in History 177. Students will acquire an understanding of the political, intellectual, economic, and social history of the era and consider the Revolution from the American and British perspective. This is a reading intensive course using both secondary and primary source materials. Writing Requirements: midterm exam, final exam and two short essay papers. Prerequisites: Three hours of History

CRN: 15197

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 40/40

Days Time Location
TR 11:40 - 12:55 LAFAYETTE HALL L311

Instructor(s): Jacqueline B. Carr

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020