ENG 219 - American History and Culture
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Why study American history? What can we learn from the grand, flawed experiment of American democracy?
Unit 1: America's First Peoples
We take a look at the indigenous peoples who were living and thriving in North America long before the arrival of the Europeans.
Unit 2: The Foundations of Government
From it's humble beginnings as a group of tiny colonies, the United States fights for and wins independence from England and creates the world's longest surviving constitutional democracy.
Unit 3: Westward Expansion
As the new country grows, territorial expansion, economic pressure, and waves of new immigrants bring difficult challenges.
Unit 4: Slavery and the Civil War
We explore the terrible legacy of American slavery, from the horrors of the Middle Passage to the fight against segregation.
Unit 5: Modernism
New technologies and revolutionary ideas cause America to question its identity once again.
Unit 6: The Jazz Age and the Great Depression
Two decades could hardly be different as the hedonism of the 20s is followed by the economic disasters of the 30s.
Unit 7 - America as Superpower
World War II forever alters the global power structure, and America finds itself thrust into the role of a global superpower.
Unit 8: Postmodernism
A rejection of established attitudes about almost everything (including race, religion, gender, and education) creates a national crisis of identity. What is America now?