Schedule, 1110 with LAS

This is a prospective course schedule with Latin American Studies content integrated into the first half of the US History survey.

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[Schedule expressed in Units rather than weeks to facilitate adaptability to different parts of term; each Unit would correspond *roughly* to about 2 weeks of a 15-week term.]

Week 1: What is History and how do we study it?

This time is spent doing introductions, discussing the Historical discipline, how the course is organized, etc.

Unit 1: First Peoples and Colonialism

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 1–3
Guiding Questions:

  • What did the Americas look like on the eve of European colonization?
  • What patterns did European colonization follow and what were First Peoples’ responses?

LAS content in support of this Unit [Click here for curriculum plan]:

Unit 2: Revolution and Nation Building

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 4–7
Guiding Questions:

  • What were the main political, economic, and social markers of eighteenth-century colonial European societies in North America?
  • What were the causes of the American Revolution and how did it affect various groups of people across ethnic and gender lines?

LAS content in support of this Unit [Click here for curriculum plan]:

Unit 3: Indigenous Peoples and Slavery

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 8 and 11
Guiding Questions:

  • What types of economies took hold in the North and South during the first half of the 1800s, and why?
  • What place did enslaved African and Native peoples have in the Jeffersonian Republic that took shape in the first decades of the 1800s?

Unit 4: Democracy and Reform

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 9–10
Guiding Questions:

  • In what ways is the Age of Jackson considered the beginning of “true” U.S. democracy?
  • What role did religious (and other) reformers play in shaping U.S. social and political relationships between 1820 and 1840?

Unit 5: Manifest Destiny and US-Mexico War

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 12–13
Guiding Questions:

  • What crises emerged in the 1850s and how did they relate to the U.S.-Mexico War?
  • What was Manifest Destiny and how did it relate to the U.S.-Mexico War?

LAS content in support of this Unit [Click here for curriculum plan]:

Unit 6: Civil War and Reconstruction

Unit Readings: American Yawp Chapters 11
Guiding Questions:

  • What were the reasons for the U.S. Civil War and what was at stake for different groups of people?
  • What was Reconstruction and what are its ongoing legacies?

LAS content in support of this Unit [Click here for curriculum plan]:

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CC History Instructor, father of three, and researcher of the Borderlands, U.S. West, and Modern Mexico. Working on a book about Violence and the rural border.

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