American History to 1865

Course Code: AMH2010

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2022-23


Course Description:
A general survey of the development of the United States from the period of discovery and exploration through the Civil War.

Course Details


Robert L. Ivey, M.S.

Richard Ivey, M.S.

Mary McClendon, MAT

James A. Padgett, M.A.





Required textbooks/ course materials:

Shi, David Emory. America: A Narrative History. 12th Ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2022 Print. ISBN: 9780393543377 (Paperback-Text Only) or ISBN: 9780393882506 (Paperback-With Card)

 *You are only required to purchase one book. Both books are the same.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issues.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Show the progression of American History from its first people through the Civil War.

Compare the differences and similarities in the cultures of Africans, Indians, and Europeans that sometimes caused conflicts when the cultures met in America.

SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4


Tests, Writing Assignments



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. The Collision of Cultures
  2. England's Colonies
  3. Colonial Ways of Life
  4. From Colonies to States
  5. The American Revolution: 1776-1783
  6. Strengthening the New Nation
  7. The Early Republic: 1800-1815
  8. The Emergence of a Market Economy: 1815-1850
  9. The Nationalism and Sectionalism: 1815-1828
  10. The Jacksonian Era: 1828-1840
  11. The South, Slavery, and King Cotton: 1800-1860
  12. Religion, Romanticism, and Reform: 1800-1860
  13. Western Expansion: 1830-1848
  14. The Gathering Storm: 1848-1860
  15. The War of the Union: 1861-1865
  16. The Era of Reconstruction: 1865-1877


College-wide policies and resources

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