250 (Hi 41) U.S. History to 1877
of the Course: This course has been designed with two overlapping objectives
in mind. The first is to provide you with a general introduction to American history
from the colonial era through Reconstruction. In accomplishing that, it should
also offer insight into-and background for-some of those themes and issues that
are still relevant to our culture, politics, and society today. Some of the themes
this course will cover include the development of a stable yet flexible, democratic
political system; the extent to which that political system remained consistent
with the principles of our nation's founding; the peopling of North America and
various groups' contributions to American society and culture; industrialization
and technological advancement and their impact on family and work life; and recurring
reform and religious movements and the social, economic, and political problems
those movements sought to alleviate. Perhaps most importantly, we will explore
the central paradox of American history, namely, how a nation founded on the principles
of liberty and freedom could be built with slave labor. This theme captures many
of the ironies and contradictions that make American history so rich and complex.
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 AM-9:20 AM
is taught by: Professor Beth Salerno
Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
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