What really made us what we are?
And what are we, for that matter?
This course favors depth over breadth and examines the United States’ formative experiences from an epistemological and historiographical perspective. We will investigate the peoples of the United States as they worked to define their national identities through struggles to achieve such goals as freedom, equality, and economic opportunity. We will study fewer units as case studies with emphasis on quality understanding and skill development over quantity and memorization. Students will employ an appreciation of the past in an attempt to recognize the reasons for and significance of contemporary events.