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Course Length:Other: Applies to 5-week, 8-week, and 16-week classes
Textbook Title:Cogbooks, "History of the United States to 1877"
Types of Assessments:Reading assignments, online exams, discussions, and written assignments.


Welcome to HISTORY 111, U.S. History I (United States History to 1877).  I hope you will enjoy this introduction to American history, which covers everything from Columbus' discovery of the New World to the Era of Reconstruction after the Civil War.  There is plenty to find out about and come to know.  History books are our windows into the past.  Nearly everything we are and have become in some way relates to the past.  

Course Description

This class introduces the student to the early political, economic, cultural, and social history of the United States, roughly from the 1400s to 1877.  In this class we will visit "The Age of Discovery" which includes Columbus, the Colonial period, the American Revolution, the development of our two constitutions, the first five aristocratic presidents beginning with George Washington, the War of 1812, the "Age of (Andrew) Jackson," the coming of the Civil War, and the Era of Reconstruction.  We will stop at many persons, ideas, events, trends, reform movements, and other items of interest.

What to Expect in this Course

You can expect to explore early American history through our embedded text, videos, discussions. and Study Questions.

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

Our Cogbooks text is embedded in the course and will require the student to purchase the access code to open it.  The price for the access code is about half of what a textbook would cost.  The text includes reading assignments, built-in videos, and a variety of assessments to see how well you are getting through the text.

Other Relevant Course Information

Students will have the Study Questions as the main preparation for the multiple-choice-question tests, and the essay question(s) will be given out beforehand so students will have plenty of time to prepare their essay(s).

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 10/24/2020 Sub # Orig: 1867