American History to 1865

Oil painting of a middle-aged man with dark brown hair and beard, dressed in black with fine lace at the wrists and neck.

Portrait of John Winthrop, a 17th-century governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Artist unknown, c. 1630-1691.)


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Fall 2010



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This course provides a basic history of American social, economic, and political development from the colonial period through the Civil War. It examines the colonial heritages of Spanish and British America; the American Revolution and its impact; the establishment and growth of the new nation; and the Civil War, its background, character, and impact. Readings include writings of the period by J. Winthrop, T. Paine, T. Jefferson, J. Madison, W. H. Garrison, G. Fitzhugh, H. B. Stowe, and A. Lincoln.

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Pauline Maier. 21H.101 American History to 1865, Fall 2010. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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