HISTORY 120 - The United States to 1865 *** SPRING 2020 ***
SECTION 75439 (fully online)
The required course text is FREE:
We will be using the OpenStax U.S. History text (ISBN 1-947172-08-5), available online, as a downloadable pdf, print copy, or ibook. While there are links embedded throughout the course shell, they are here as well:
OpenStax full menu page
You can also purchase a hard copy of the text from the bookstore.
This course examines the major political, economic, intellectual, and social forces at home and abroad that shaped American life from the colonial period through the Civil War. The course meets the California State University requirements for United States History. We will pay specific attention to intercultural encounters among indigenous Americans, Africans, and Europeans, as well as the ideas of Americanism and freedom, politically and materially, within different subsets of populations in the United States, and how this concept changed over time. We will also examine the idea that land is freedom, and what this looks like. You will be required to work in assigned groups on a regular basis, participate in presentations and discussions, and be an active learner in this class. Some assignments, mostly writing, will be ungraded, but are still required. Being able to convey your thoughts verbally and in essay format is a skill that takes time and practice thus you will have ample opportunity to practice. Come prepared to participate: we all need to be physically and mentally present!