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History of the USA, 1787-1877


Value half unit


Dr Patrick Doyle


Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars


Best Essay of 2 (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%)


This course surveys the history of the United States from its origins as an independent nation to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. During this formative period the United States experienced rapid and dramatic demographic, territorial and economic changes, developing from a young nation threatened by European and Native American enemies to a continental power. This course will chart this period of staggering growth, exploring not only the establishment of political institutions and practices, but how the growing sectional crisis over slavery led to a bloody Civil War (1861-1865) that threatened to tear asunder the American republic. Topics covered include – Native American removal, race and slavery, reform movements (including female rights) and the process of territorial expansion.


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