History 237A (201) Major Issues in American History
This course provides a brief introduction to the history of the United States from the colonial era to the present. We will concentrate in particular on two related issues: 1) national identity—namely, the ever- contested notions about the fundamental nature of the United States as a nation and of what it means to be an American; and 2) the idea of liberty and demands for freedom, inclusion, and full citizenship by different sectors of American society. These themes will help to focus our inquiries as we examine the political, economic, and social history of the United States over the past four centuries. HIST 237 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.