Conquest and its Impact







US History I

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ESSAY: "Did the United States Become the New Empire?"

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ESSAY: "Identify and Analyze the major characteristics of US History from about 1620 to about 1900"






Syllabus (pdf)



Theiving Servants and Race Relations, and Bacon's Rebellion

Life and Labor in Lowell

The Gold Rush of 1849

Slavery and the US Constitution

Linking a Continent and a Nation



Twelve Years a Slave
Birth of a Nation
The Free State of Jones

Slavery and the Making of America
The Civil War




General Histories of the United States

Americas History - Henretta, et al.

Out of Many: A History of the American People - Faragher, et al.

A People's History of the United States - Zinn

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

Pursuits of Happiness
Great history by historian Jack Green, who
argues that the colonists who came to North
America had quite different goals and methods
of reaching those goals, and that the Chesapeake
region was actually the model for future American
development .

Colonial United States

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 - Richard White

Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture - Jack Green

American Slavery, American Freedon: The Ordeal of Colonial Virgina - Edmund Morgan

Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the 18th Century

Black Majority: Negroes in South Carolina from 1670 to the Stono
Rebellion - Peter Wood

American Slavery: 1619-1877 - Peter Kolchin

Changes in the Land: England, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England -
William Cronon

The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Orgins of the American
Revolution - Gary Nash

The American Revolution - Edward Countryman

A New Nation and Antebellum America

River of Dark Dreams
Amazing book by Walter Johnson,
historian at Harvard, who argues that
the slaveowners of the Mississipi River
area drove the westward expansion of
the United States and created greater
conflict as time went on.

Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s
- Joyce Appleby

Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prarie - John Mack Faragher

The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age in America
- WJ Rorabaugh

Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the early Industrial Revolution - Anthony Wallace

Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made - Eugene Genovese

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class - David Roediger

The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846 - Charles Sellers

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 -
Daniel Walker Howe

River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom - Walter Johnson

The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans - Charles Royster

Eric Foner, historian at Columbia
University, wrote this hugely influential
book that dismantled southern, racist
histories of the era, and argues that
overall, Reconstruction failed to help
and integrate into America those who
needed help most: the newly and
formerly freed African-Americans.

Post Civil War - Late 19th Century

Reconstruction 1863-1877: America's Unfinished Revolution - Eric Foner

Farewell My Nation: The American Indian and the United States, 1820-1890
- Philip Weeks

Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction - Nell Irvin Painter

Industrialism and the American Worker, 1865-1920 - Melvyn Dubofsky

The Roots of Southern Populism: Yoeman Farmers and Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 - Steven Hahn

The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America -
Lawrence Goodwyn

The New City: Urban America in the Industrial Age, 1860-1920 - Raymond Mohl

The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898 - Walter LaFeber





Alexander Hamilton, first American
Secretary of the Treasury. In some ways
the most modern of the nation's early
leaders, he laid the foundation for future
economic growth as a capitalist nation.



Slave auction ad
Advertisement for a slave auction,
Charleston, South Carolina, 1769.
Slavery was one of the key factors in the
development of our nation, and led to
deeply ingrained racial attitudes, a divided
nation, and eventually a war for its preservation.




David Walker
David Walker, a radical abolitionist of the
antebellum period. He wrote and spoke
regularly, critiquing slavery and urging
action to overthrow the system. He was
a major influence on the more famous
black abolitionist spokesman, Frederick








John Brown
John Brown, another radical abolitionist,
who was driven by the expansion of slavery
to advocate the use of violence to end
the institution. In 1859 he and followers
led a raid on a military armory in a
failed attempt to start the conflict that
would end slavery forever.











Charleston, South Carolina, after being
burned by the army of William
Techumsah Sherman. Sherman's "March
to the Sea" led to the surrender of the
Confederacy, and left destruction
southerners would remember for decades.