History 361

HIST 361
Revolutionary America

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HIST 361
Revolutionary America
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.
Study and analysis of the causes of the Revolution, the War for Independence, the Confederation period and the impact of the war.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
The course chronologically traces the rising conflict between the American colonies and England, the war itself, the successes and failings of the Confederation Period. Military strategy and the battles of the war for independence receive substantial treatment but a greater stress is placed on the political, economic, social and religious developments during the period.

Specific Topics for the Course Include the Following:
1. The American Colonies and the British Empire, 1750-1763
2. The French and Indian War
3. British Colonial Administration from 1763-1776
4. Major Acts, 1763-1776 and American Reaction
5. The Beginning of Revolution, 1774-1776
6. Military Independence: Lexington and Bunker Hill
7. Political Independence and the Declaration of Independence
8. New York to Saratoga
9. War in the South to Yorktown
10. Life of the common soldier
11. Diplomatic relations with the French and Native Americans
12. The American Navy
13. The Articles of Confederation
14. State Constitutions and Governments
15. Impact of the war on women and blacks
16. The Economic and Social impacts of the war
17. American culture during the Revolutionary Period
18. The Loyalists
19. Foreign Affairs
20. Western Lands
21. The Constitutional Convention
22. The Ratification Battle

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course combines a variety of strategies to investigate the American Revolution and its aftermath. The term paper requires student analysis, organization and interpretive development. The readings provide background information and require, at times, substantial critical analysis and evaluation. Class projects involving the use of primary sources expose students directly to the events and thinking of the period.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will understand why and how the American Revolution occurred.

Students will understand to social, economic, and political impact of the American Revolution.

Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
October  2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn