National University




HIS220A United States History I

Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn

Course Description

Survey of American history from pre-colonial times through Reconstruction. Explores economic, political, social and cultural factors that shaped the origins of the nation, including the Revolution, the Constitution and the Civil War. Special attention is paid to issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity. Includes study of the Constitution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clarify the problems faced by indigenous peoples in early American history.
  • Illustrate the causes and consequences of racial slavery in the United States.
  • Explain the impact of social protest movements on early American life and society.
  • Analyze the consequences of an emerging market society.
  • Describe the place of women in colonial and early-American society.
  • Explain the purpose, key clauses, and limitations of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Understand the sophisticated ways by which the American ruling class governed.
  • Clarify the role of warfare and imperial expansion in 19th-century U.S. history.