United States History I

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Course Number: USHIST101
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This course focuses on the characteristics of societies existing in the Americas prior to 1861. Students learn about European exploration and colonization of the New World and they examine the impact on Europe, Africa, and the young United States. The emergence of political, religious, economic, and social institutions is discussed. Specific causes of the American Revolution are examined, as is the resulting impact on politics, the economy, and society. Students learn how the Industrial Revolution and Western movement changed the lives of Americans, they examine the causes and events of the Civil War, and they evaluate how Reconstruction plans succeeded or failed.

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  • 12/8/14 by sgrif001
    Doable.
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  • 12/6/14 by caldwell.jknbb
    excellent!
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  • 11/7/14 by neilb
    you need to get the book and really read it for this course.
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  • 10/30/14 by abells90
    Take at own pace...
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  • 10/30/14 by abells90
    Take at own pace...
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  • 10/27/14 by schwertner
    I expected this course to be easier than it was. I have taken five CLEP exams and decided to take this class because of all the facts needing to be memorized. I was greatly disappointed in this course, most of all because the exam questions didn't prepare me for the tests. I have never had more difficulty than I did with this course. there were quite a few grammatical errors in the homework and exams. the lesson lectures never directly discussed the power points and didn't line up.
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  • 10/27/14 by schwertner
    I expected this course to be easier than it was. I have taken five CLEP exams and decided to take this class because of all the facts needing to be memorized. I was greatly disappointed in this course, most of all because the exam questions didn't prepare me for the tests. I have never had more difficulty than I did with this course. there were quite a few grammatical errors in the homework and exams. the lesson lectures never directly discussed the power points and didn't line up.
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  • 10/22/14 by streevalm
    Great self-paced course.
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  • 10/22/14 by streevalm
    Great self-paced course.
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  • 10/14/14 by Firnatine34
    The presentations for this course are not useful at all. The homework is not useful either. All of the test questions are obscure, and occasionally even subjective, and seem randomly picked from the textbook.
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  • 10/14/14 by Firnatine34
    The presentations for this course are not useful at all. The homework is not useful either. All of the test questions are obscure, and occasionally even subjective, and seem randomly picked from the textbook.
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  • 10/14/14 by mike
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  • 10/13/14 by Debbieb1235
    Must read the book!
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  • 10/13/14 by Debbieb1235
    Must read the book!
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  • 10/9/14 by Ace4God
    Not too difficult of a course. Textbook definitely required, but a different edition works fine. Test questions were designed to be highly specific to the text. But most questions on the test were written to be tricky rather than written to ascertain whether or not the student had learned the information.
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  • 10/8/14 by joby.w
    Informative.
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  • 10/7/14 by kidkareproject
    This course covers the US History up to 1877.
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  • 10/6/14 by Ricknandrea
    This course was a good overview of the first half of American history. I took it for a pre requisite.
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  • 10/2/14 by tandarichkids
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  • 10/1/14 by kirstyn_miller
    U.S. History before the 1860
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  • 9/29/14 by danzemantic
    It is a course that shows all the crucial stages of early American culture.
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  • 9/29/14 by danzemantic
    It is a course that shows all the crucial stages of early American culture.
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  • 9/15/14 by jetsjetsjets
    It was great to go through at my own pace, the material was a good difficulty.
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  • 9/15/14 by jetsjetsjets
    It was great to go through at my own pace, the material was a good difficulty.
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  • 9/14/14 by mygame23
    I gave great information on the subject and the course was easy to navigate.
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  • 9/14/14 by mygame23
    I gave great information on the subject and the course was easy to navigate.
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  • 9/10/14 by Ace4God
    Not too difficult of a course. Textbook definitely required, but a different edition works fine. Test questions were designed to be highly specific to the text. But most questions on the test were written to be tricky rather than written to ascertain whether or not the student had learned the information.
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  • 9/9/14 by vanessa_austin_07
    early history of America
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  • 9/9/14 by vanessa_austin_07
    early history of America
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  • 9/7/14 by cliff.f
    Nice course. Good information
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  • 8/28/14 by greeneacres8
    It was easy and convenient to work at my own pace since I am a working mother.
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  • 8/28/14 by greeneacres8
    It was easy and convenient to work at my own pace since I am a working mother.
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  • 8/28/14 by mrhoadess
    As long as you are willing to put in the time to read and study, you can succeed
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  • 8/28/14 by mrhoadess
    As long as you are willing to put in the time to read and study, you can succeed
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  • 8/27/14 by benh35
    Was very easy
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  • 8/27/14 by njchiappa
    enjoy
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  • 8/27/14 by benh35
    Was very easy
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  • 8/27/14 by njchiappa
    enjoy
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  • 8/21/14 by civanalee
    Not an easy course. A lot of information and the questions are not about just the big facts, so you have to ready carefully.
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  • 8/21/14 by civanalee
    Not an easy course. A lot of information and the questions are not about just the big facts, so you have to ready carefully.
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  • 8/18/14 by Juantezh
    It was great and easy to understand.
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  • 8/18/14 by Juantezh
    It was great and easy to understand.
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  • 8/12/14 by sgrif001
    Doable.
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  • 8/10/14 by joby.w
    Informative.
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  • 8/7/14 by mattallen22
    Students should read the textbook thouroghly as most of the lesson plans aren't really covered in the the tests. 80% of whats learned comes from the textbook.
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  • 8/7/14 by maedebruynteacher
    I enjoyed reading the book and felt it was an interesting and thorough account of US History.
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  • 8/7/14 by knoxrobinson13
    It was efficient and the work on your own pace was great for me considering a work full time.
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  • 8/4/14 by prettyclevergold
    It's great for on your own pace, the course does a good job of letting you know what you need to complete and having plenty of info readily available.
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  • 8/4/14 by rbguerrero
    great course, learned a lot from book and videos
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  • 7/31/14 by devinp
    I enjoyed the course.
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  • 7/31/14 by devinp
    I enjoyed the course.
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  • 7/28/14 by joehlkers
    Good course that gave be a better understanding of US history.
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  • 7/28/14 by anichols7
    I loved that it was self paced.
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  • 7/28/14 by joehlkers
    Good course that gave be a better understanding of US history.
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  • 7/28/14 by anichols7
    I loved that it was self paced.
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  • 7/27/14 by horn4542
    I found the information from the text book more helpful than the topic lessons.
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  • 7/27/14 by horn4542
    I found the information from the text book more helpful than the topic lessons.
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  • 7/26/14 by eric.s
    us hist I
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    us hist I
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  • 7/24/14 by anichols7
    It was great.
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  • 7/24/14 by anichols7
    It was great.
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  • 7/21/14 by akujiubainyanma
    History doesn't change
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  • 7/21/14 by dsykes
    The course was well organized and the textbook an easy interesting read.
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  • 7/21/14 by akujiubainyanma
    History doesn't change
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  • 7/21/14 by dsykes
    The course was well organized and the textbook an easy interesting read.
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  • 7/20/14 by toddmod
    Took a bit of time to get used to , but once I was in the flow of things , it was very straight forward. I loved the audio/video chapter overviews. I thought that was a nice supplement to the text. Well done!
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  • 7/20/14 by toddmod
    Took a bit of time to get used to , but once I was in the flow of things , it was very straight forward. I loved the audio/video chapter overviews. I thought that was a nice supplement to the text. Well done!
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  • 7/17/14 by kathykhiev
    it was alright
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  • 7/17/14 by kathykhiev
    it was alright
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  • 7/14/14 by ziquiflorez
    Very interesting!
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  • 7/14/14 by ziquiflorez
    Very interesting!
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  • 7/13/14 by chrispostteacher
    Very well written book that is enjoyable to read if a little thick. Time consuming but enjoyable.
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  • 7/13/14 by chrispostteacher
    Very well written book that is enjoyable to read if a little thick. Time consuming but enjoyable.
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  • 7/11/14 by neilb
    you need to get the book and really read it for this course.
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  • 7/10/14 by kidkareproject
    This course covers the US History up to 1877.
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  • 7/9/14 by cliff.f
    Nice course. Good information
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  • 7/8/14 by knoxrobinson13
    It was efficient and the work on your own pace was great for me considering a work full time.
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  • 7/8/14 by mattallen22
    Students should read the textbook thouroghly as most of the lesson plans aren't really covered in the the tests. 80% of whats learned comes from the textbook.
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  • 7/8/14 by maedebruynteacher
    I enjoyed reading the book and felt it was an interesting and thorough account of US History.
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  • 7/3/14 by rkelly3
    Excellent class. Learned a lot
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  • 7/1/14 by brandon.j.ql7j
    This was interesting. The only concernis the study guides need improvement.
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  • 6/30/14 by heatherannm
    I would not recommend this course! There is a lot of information covered for each test, the major problem is that if you complete the practice test questions and in the lectures they are completely useless! I completed the study guide for the midterm and it really didn't help me at all. There needs to be some changes to the way things are done including the proctoring. You have a trust agreement with your students why not have that trust for the final. If you are going to proctor one test or exam you should do all of them that way. It may be a cheaper way to take courses but now I know why!
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  • 6/30/14 by heatherannm
    I would not recommend this course! There is a lot of information covered for each test, the major problem is that if you complete the practice test questions and in the lectures they are completely useless! I completed the study guide for the midterm and it really didn't help me at all. There needs to be some changes to the way things are done including the proctoring. You have a trust agreement with your students why not have that trust for the final. If you are going to proctor one test or exam you should do all of them that way. It may be a cheaper way to take courses but now I know why!
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  • 6/27/14 by frankeichen
    Interesting
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  • 6/27/14 by frankeichen
    Interesting
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  • 6/19/14 by tonniesmaximus
    It's a straight forward course. Read the material and take the tests and you should do fine.
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  • 6/19/14 by tonniesmaximus
    It's a straight forward course. Read the material and take the tests and you should do fine.
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  • 6/18/14 by nicole.bailey99
    Class was great! It was fast and very informative.
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  • 6/18/14 by jessicaking754
    This course was very easy to understand. I wish the topics were broken down into smaller sections.
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  • 6/18/14 by nicole.bailey99
    Class was great! It was fast and very informative.
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  • 6/18/14 by jessicaking754
    This course was very easy to understand. I wish the topics were broken down into smaller sections.
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  • 6/17/14 by SAMMMONTES
    OKAY
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    OKAY
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  • 6/14/14 by takari123456
    it was kind of hard
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  • 6/14/14 by takari123456
    it was kind of hard
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  • 6/12/14 by caldwell.jknbb
    excellent!
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  • 6/10/14 by Ricknandrea
    This course was a good overview of the first half of American history. I took it for a pre requisite.
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  • 6/2/14 by soucekcr
    This course was content loaded and very thorough. Do not bother with the lessons, as they have very little to do with the quizzes or tests. In order to do well on the assignments, read and study the textbook.
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  • 6/1/14 by angammon
    I enjoyed the narrative writing of the text book. The exam questions came directly from the reading with the course lessons providing a more in-depth look at certain topics.
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  • 4/8/14 by prettyclevergold
    It's great for on your own pace, the course does a good job of letting you know what you need to complete and having plenty of info readily available.
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  • 4/8/14 by rbguerrero
    great course, learned a lot from book and videos
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  • 3/7/14 by rkelly3
    Excellent class. Learned a lot
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  • 2/10/14 by tandarichkids
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  • 2/6/14 by soucekcr
    This course was content loaded and very thorough. Do not bother with the lessons, as they have very little to do with the quizzes or tests. In order to do well on the assignments, read and study the textbook.
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  • 1/10/14 by kirstyn_miller
    U.S. History before the 1860
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  • 1/7/14 by brandon.j.ql7j
    This was interesting. The only concernis the study guides need improvement.
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  • 1/6/14 by angammon
    I enjoyed the narrative writing of the text book. The exam questions came directly from the reading with the course lessons providing a more in-depth look at certain topics.
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  • 9/29/13 by pstrahl
    Can work at own pace
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  • 9/27/13 by ayodlowsky
    The course was straightforward and well-explained. Having the textbook is a necessity for success!
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  • 9/26/13 by cathy.mendivil
    I enjoyed the course. I definitely recommend obtaining and reading the text book. Most of the test questions come from the text.
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  • 9/17/13 by joshua.t.d
    This was a poorly constructed course that required the student to do most of the learning through independent reading. The lessons were not only filled with typos and inaccuracies, they were not at all helpful in completing the tests.
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  • 9/13/13 by marcushorne98
    It is great!
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  • 9/9/13 by dannieljbd
    none
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  • 9/1/13 by mamuca1411
    good information and the material is available online
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  • 8/31/13 by barb.w
    Interesting. Good content. Easy to follow.
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  • 8/29/13 by jeff.p
    This course was great. Interesting material. Make sure to read the book as test are book based and the online exercises are more of an overview.
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  • 8/27/13 by digitaldane
    Great course.
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  • 8/25/13 by ebonyross1012
    Good thorough content.
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  • 8/18/13 by britbrit33c33
    self taught
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  • 8/17/13 by vcliby
    The reading material is a great overview of the beginning of American History
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  • 8/16/13 by jhelmick22
    Very good course! Teaches a very good brief introduction to American History, with a small emphasis on the Civil War period.
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  • 8/13/13 by ryanaschwab
    Very interesting content. Great depth of material.
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  • 8/7/13 by frimpong_akuoko
    Not as hard as I thought it would be.
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  • 7/24/13 by Miracle2187
    This course really tests your knowledge and overall understanding of US history.
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  • 7/17/13 by jusbrit09
    The course was very confusing when it came time to take the test. The questions that was being asked was different from the textbook and the chapter reviews. The information was very good, but not helpful on the test.
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  • 7/15/13 by stigge
    the course and material was ok. I do not think the questions on the quizzes were an accurate reflection of what the material covered. The questions were not what was the most important information in my opinion.
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  • 7/1/13 by joejayme
    This course was simple to navigate and easy to follow.
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  • 5/28/13 by turnerproperties
    Great course. Very informative and easy to follow.
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    It was great!
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  • 5/8/13 by mindys
    It has lots of info and some is not in the slides or the book.
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  • 5/4/13 by turnerproperties
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  • 5/4/13 by turnerproperties
    A great overall program for the beginning of US History. I would highly recommend this course for anyone looking to take care of some courses for transferable credits.
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  • 12/1/12 by reginald.g.lee
    Appropriate number of exams(6) and covered all material in the context.
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  • 11/29/12 by reginald.g.lee
    Appropriate number of exams(6) and covered all material in the context.
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  • 11/27/12 by maleofhot
    easy layout, easy to plan a schedule for completion
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  • 11/19/12 by maleofhot
    easy layout, easy to plan a schedule for completion
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  • 10/29/12 by klobo755
    I enjoyed the presentations since it help me understand the lesson.
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  • 10/26/12 by rgvolle
    I enjoyed the textbook, it was very well written and interesting to read.
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  • 10/15/12 by breed1990
    I like the review questions and introduction. They were both helpful in learning the material
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  • 9/12/12 by klobo755
    I enjoyed the presentations since it help me understand the lesson.
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  • 9/9/12 by gravity357
    I liked that I can self study.
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  • 9/5/12 by rgvolle
    I enjoyed the textbook, it was very well written and interesting to read.
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  • 8/23/12 by skborlin
    I liked that it was easy to follow
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  • 8/21/12 by uhlkdl
    I liked that it was open book.
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  • 8/20/12 by jrfriedler
    I liked that it was self pace (previously took US History 1 and 2). Exam formats also allowed me to mix it into my day with work commitments.
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  • 8/11/12 by jessica.fredrick
    I liked that it was test based. After I struggled through the first module and exam, I scrapped the assignments and just read the text.
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  • 8/9/12 by breed1990
    I like the review questions and introduction. They were both helpful in learning the material
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  • 8/6/12 by tarnna
    I liked that the pages were listed on the quizes if I missed a question I could go directly and find the right answer.
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  • 7/10/12 by brownz1097
    I liked the convenience
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  • 6/12/12 by sandracarr
    I liked the interactive maps in the lesson presentation because I am a visual learner.
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  • 5/15/12 by gravity357
    I liked that I can self study.
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  • 5/12/12 by margarita4rodriguez
    I liked the quizzes.
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  • 5/11/12 by martin0616
    I liked the reading assignments. Complimented the course teachings and also included valuable information for the tests.
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  • 5/8/12 by ksstone
    I liked the review applications.
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  • 4/26/12 by jtaylor8745
    I liked the usage of the book in the test
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  • 4/7/12 by skborlin
    I liked that it was easy to follow
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  • 4/1/12 by uhlkdl
    I liked that it was open book.
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  • 3/31/12 by mthomas59602
    I personally feel that the lectures do not prepare you at all for the tests!!! The textbook is definitely a must and the lecture should be more extensive. I am very disappointed in this class.
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  • 3/30/12 by jrfriedler
    I liked that it was self pace (previously took US History 1 and 2). Exam formats also allowed me to mix it into my day with work commitments.
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  • 3/12/12 by cheldyer
    In depth coverage of material.
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  • 3/9/12 by jessica.fredrick
    I liked that it was test based. After I struggled through the first module and exam, I scrapped the assignments and just read the text.
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Course Objectives

After completing this Online American History Course, you will be able to:

  • Apply historical research skills to major themes in American History to 1877.
  • Analyze the characteristics of societies existing in the Americas before 1492.
  • Detect the causes of European exploration and colonization in the New World and assess the impact of these activities on Europe, Africa, and the New World.
  • Describe how political, religious, economic, and social institutions emerged in the American Colonies.
  • Specify the causes of the American Revolution and evaluate the impact of the Revolution on politics, the economy, and society.
  • Analyze how the institutions and practices of government evolved to create the foundation of the American political system.
  • Analyze territorial expansion from 1801 to 1877 and assess its effects on relations with Native Americans and external powers.
  • Synthesize and assess developments in political democracy after 1800.
  • Describe how the Industrial Revolution and Western movement changed the lives of Americans.
  • Specify the major causes and events of the Civil War and assess the impact of the war on the American people.
  • Describe the sources and character of cultural, religious, and social reform movements in the antebellum period.
  • Evaluate how various Reconstruction plans succeeded or failed.
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1

Old and New Worlds Meet


  • Before Columbus
  • Looking Westward
  • The British Connection
  • Describe the origins, distribution, and cultures of societies in the Americas before 1492.
  • Explain the causes of European voyages of exploration and colonization to the New World.
  • Assess the impact of the exchange of goods, cultures, diseases, and ideas among Europe, Africa, and the New World that resulted from European exploration and colonization.
  • Describe the causes, successes, and failures of British voyages of exploration and colonization in North America.

  • 2

    Early Settlements


    • Chesapeake Colonies
    • New England Colonies
    • British, Spanish, and French Colonies Elsewhere
    • British Authority
    • Analyze the growth of the tobacco economy in the Chesapeake area and assess its social and political impact, including relations with Native Americans and the introduction of slavery.
    • Describe the role of religion and economics in the growth of New England colonies.
    • Describe and explain the relationship of the New England colonies to the Native Americans.
    • Compare the origins and growth of colonies in the Caribbean, Southwest, South, Middle-Atlantic area, and in Canada.
    • Analyze the factors that contributed to increased British dominance in North America.
    3 Living in Colonial America
    • Demographics and Social Patterns
    • Commerce and Consumerism
    • Enlightenment and Great Awakening

  • Analyze changes in population and social characteristics in Colonial America, for example, the growth of slavery and indentured servitude and changes in the roles of women and the structure of families.
  • Compare the economies of the colonial regions.
  • Describe and explain the growth of commerce and consumerism in the colonies.
  • Explain the impact of the Great Awakening and Enlightenment ideas on colonial society.
  • 4 Road to Revolution
  • Seven Years' War
  • Imperialism in Peril
  • On the Brink of Revolt
  • Assess the impact of the Seven Years' War on the move to independence.
  • Identify measures and events after the Treaty of 1763 that led to revolt.
  • Explain how the decisions of the First Continental Congress moved the Colonies towards independence.

  • 5 The American Revolution
  • The Decision for Independence
  • War of Independence
  • Impact of the War

    • Describe the events that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Identify the fundamental ideas of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Identify and assess the significance of major events and players in the American Revolution.
    • Specify the effects of the Revolutionary War on American political, social, and economic life, for example, on Native Americans, women, slaves, Loyalists, and on the ideology of “republicanism”.
    6 The Constitution
    • State Constitutions
    • Confederation
    • From Confederation to Constitution
    • Explain the significance of the state constitutions created after 1776 to the eventual establishment of a federal republic.
    • Identify and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
    • Identify and explain key events, including the Federalist—Anti-Federalist debates and the issue of a national bill of rights, that led to the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.
    7
    The New Republic
  • New Government
  • National Sovereignty
  • Political Parties
  • Identify the steps taken to complete the structure of the federal government under the United States Constitution.
  • Describe the successes and failures in America 's efforts to extend control over the West.
  • Explain the origin, development, and characteristics of the Federalist and Republican political parties.

  • 8 Jeffersonian Era
  • Early Nineteenth Century Life
  • President Jefferson
  • Expansion and Conflict
  • American Nationalism

  • Describe the events and assess the significance of the Second Great Awakening.
  • Describe and assess the key events and decisions of Jefferson 's presidency.
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of conflict with Native Americans, the Spanish, and the British in the early Nineteenth Century.
  • Identify and assess key events during the period of nationalism following the War of 1812.
  • Explain the main issues, decisions, and consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court in Maybury v. Madison (1803).
  • 9 Jacksonian Era
  • New Politics
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Two Parties Emerge
  • Explain why the election of Andrew Jackson was considered a victory for the “common man.”
  • Describe and assess the significance of key events and decisions of the Jackson presidency, such as Indian Removal, Nullification and the Bank Veto.
  • Compare the views of Democrats and Whigs on government, economics, religion, and ethics.
  • 10 Economic Revolution
  • Population Changes
  • Transportation and Communication
  • Commerce, Agriculture, and Industry
  • Describe changes in population characteristics and distribution that occurred in the first half of the Nineteenth Century.
  • Identify and assess the impact of transportation and communication innovations in the first half of the Nineteenth Century.
  • Describe and evaluate the impact of developments in commerce, agriculture, and industry on such issues as the nature of work, the role of women, and the distribution of wealth in the first half of the Nineteenth Century.
  • 11 The Old South
    • King Cotton
    • White Society in the South 
    • The “Peculiar Institution”
  • Analyze and assess the social and environmental impact of the growing dominance of cotton in the South.
  • Describe the plantation system and the roles of their owners, their families, and white workers.
  • Analyze the institution of slavery as both an economic and a social system.
  • 12 Antebellum Period
  • Revivalism and Romanticism
  • Reform
  • Abolitionism

  • Define Transcendentalism and analyze the ideas about the individual, society, and nature expressed in the literary works of the major Transcendentalists.
  • Assess the impact of the Second Great Awakening on antebellum issues such as public education, temperance, women's suffrage, and utopianism.
  • Describe the fundamental beliefs of abolitionists and compare how the positions of African American and white abolitionists were similar and different.
  • 13 Build Up to War
  • Western Expansion
  • Sectionalism
  • Time of Crises
  • Explain the concept of Manifest Destiny and its relationship to the western movement of settlers and territorial expansion into areas such as Texas, Oregon, and California.
  • Assess the effects of sectional differences on the stability of the Union.
  • Analyze the causes and effects of events leading to the Civil War, such as, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott Case, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
  • 14 The Civil War
  • The War Begins
  • The Union and Confederacy at War
  • The Course of the War
  • Describe the events, developments, and players during the initial stages of the Civil War.
  • Compare the impact of the Civil War on the daily lives of people in the Union and in the Confederacy.
  • Describe and assess the importance of key events and developments in the Civil War.
  • 15 Reconstruction
  • Implementing Reconstruction
  • Impact of Reconstruction on the South
  • Abandoning Reconstruction
  • Describe and assess the policies and practices of Reconstruction, including the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U. S. Constitution and the Black Codes.
  • Explain and evaluate the short and long term social and economic consequences of Reconstruction for the South.
  • Identify the reasons for and assess the consequences of abandoning Reconstruction.
  • 16 Course Review
    • Review
    • Review and Final Assessment

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