History of Colonial America
    "History shall no longer be a dull book." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


dr. leonard sadosky

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    Iowa State University - History 450 - Fall 2004 - Ross Hall 025 - Mon Wed Fri 11.00am-11.50am
Welcome to HIST 450. This course is designed to provide advanced students with an in-depth exposure to the colonial period in American history. The colonial period includes: the history of North America’s indigenous peoples before and through initial contact with Europeans; the establishment of European empires in North America; the early settlements; the growth large settler colonies by men and women from England; and the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural development of the colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Our studies in this class will examine in particular the experiences of these English colonies in relating to the sizeable indigenous communities they bordered, as well as their relations with the neighboring French and Spanish empires. We will also examine the differences between the various English colonies; the different experiences colonists had because of gender, occupation, education, and social status. We will also explore the vital role in the colonial experience played by peoples from Africa and of African descent, most of whom were held as slaves throughout this period.

Sophomore classification is a prerequisite for this class. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students in this class have taken HIST 221, the Survey of United States History I.

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