21H.101 | Fall 2010 | Undergraduate

American History to 1865



Maier, Pauline, Merritt Roe Smith, Alexander Keyssar, and Daniel Kevles. Inventing America: A History of the United States. Vol. 1, 2nd ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2005. ISBN: 9780393926750.

Anderson, Fred. A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780807845769.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Philadelphia, PA: R. Bell, 1776. Reprint, New York, NY: Dover, 1997. ISBN: 9780486296029.

Dublin, Thomas. Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1981. ISBN: 9780231041676.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Boston, MA: John P. Jewett & Co., 1852. Reprint, New York, NY: Penguin, 1981. ISBN: 9780140390032.

1 Introduction John Dane’s Family Tree (PDF)
2 The Indians’ America; The First European Settlements; The Chesapeake and New England

Inventing America. Chapter 1-2, pp. 3-72.

Winthrop, John. “A Model of Christian Charity.” In Miller, Perry, and Thomas H. Johnson. The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings. Vol. 1. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2001, pp. 195-199. ISBN: 9780486416014.

Dane, John. “A Declaration of Remarkable Providences in the Course of my Life.” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8 (April 1854): 149-156.

Start Anderson, A People’s Army. Pay particular attention to pp. vii-xi, 3-164, 185-210, and 222-223.

3 The Extension of European Empires; British Colonies in the Eighteenth Century

Inventing America. Chapter 3-4, pp. 73-137.

A People’s Army. pp. vii-xi, 3-164, 185-210, and 222-223.

4 Independence

Inventing America. Chapter 5, pp. 139-174.

Common Sense (all)

Mason, George. Draft of Virginia Declaration of Rights. May 1776.

Committee or “Jefferson” draft of the Declaration of Independence, with Congress’s edits, June-July 1776. Appendix C in Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York, NY: Vintage, 1998, pp. 236-241. ISBN: 9780679779087.

5 Creation of the American Republic: the States

Inventing America. Chapter 6 and the first part of chapter 7, pp. 175-213.

Excerpts from Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. May 10, 1776 and May 15, 1776.

Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 12, 1776.

First Constitution of Virginia, June 29, 1776.

First Constitution of Pennsylvania, September 28, 1776.

First Constitution of Massachusetts, June 15, 1780.

Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1786.

The Articles of Confederation, March 1, 1781. Appendix, pp. A3-A6 in Inventing America.

Jefferson, Thomas. “Query XIV. The Administration of Justice and the Description of the Laws?Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781.
Scroll down to the part where Jefferson discusses what he proposes to do with Virginia’s slave population, and why it couldn’t just stay in Virginia. Note: both the act on religious freedom and the proposal for freeing slaves and sending them back to Africa were revolutionary reforms that Jefferson supported.

6 Creation of the American Republic: the Nation; The Federal Constitution

Inventing America. The rest of chapter 7, pp. 213-225.

Randolph, Edmund. “Speech Presenting the Virginia Plan from the Constitutional Convention.” May 29, 1787.

The Constitutional Convention: Day by Day Summary – also has biographical information on the delegates.

The Constitution of the United States. Appendix, pp. A7-A11 in Inventing America.

How does the Constitution differ from the Virginia Plan? Why do you think the Convention made the changes it made? Did they improve the plan of government Randolph proposed?

Also, using James Madison’s “Notes on the [convention] debates” at the above sites, see if you can find out why Randolph, George Mason, and Elbridge Gerry refused to sign the Constitution. Were other delegates totally delighted with it? Look particularly at the “Notes” for September 10, 12-17.

7 Ratification of the Constitution; Midterm Review

Excerpts from the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788. George Mason on June 4, Edmund Pendleton on June 5, and James Madison on June 6.

Virginia’s Ratification of the Constitution, June 26, 1788.

New York’s Ratification of the Constitution, July 26, 1788.

8 The Politics of the Early Republic

Inventing America. Chapter 8-9, pp. 226-287.

Washington, George. “Farewell Address.” September 17, 1796.

Lendler, Marc. “‘Equally Proper at All Times and at All Times Necessary’: Civility, Bad Tendency, and the Sedition Act.” Journal of the Early Republic 24 (2004): 419-444.

The Bill of Rights (U.S. Constitutional Amendments 1-10), December 15, 1791. Appendix, p. A12 in Inventing America. Study especially the First Amendment.

9 Political and Economic Development

Inventing America. Chapter 10, pp. 289-311, and chapter 12, pp. 340-366.

Women at Work (all)

10 The “Age of Jackson”

Inventing America. Chapter 11, pp. 312-339.

Andrew Jackson’s Presidential Pronouncements: Vetoes of the Maysville Road and Bank Rechartering Acts, and his proclamation on Nullification. (PDF)

11 An Age of Reform; Expansion

Inventing America. Chapters 13-14, pp. 367-421, and chapter 15, pp. 431-432.

Fitzhugh, George. “Slavery Justified.” Appendix A in Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society. Richmond, VA: A. Morris, 1854.

Start Uncle Tom’s Cabin

12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Finish Uncle Tom’s Cabin
13 The Tumultuous 1850s; Secession

Inventing America. The rest of chapter 15, pp. 423-430 and 432-449, and chapter 16, pp. 452-454.

Lincoln, Abraham. “A House Divided.” Springfield, IL: Republican State Convention, June 16, 1858.

Rhett, R. B. “Threats of Secession.” Charleston Mercury, September 18, 1860.

South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession, December 21, 1860.

Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” December 24, 1860.

Davis, Jefferson. “Farewell Speech.” Washington, DC: United States Senate, January 21, 1861.

Lincoln, Abraham. “First Inaugural Address.” Washington DC: March 4, 1861.

Abraham Lincoln on Race and Slavery (PDF)

14 The Civil War; Conclusion and Review

Inventing America. The rest of chapter 16, pp. 454-484, and the first two sections of chapter 17, pp. 485-502.

U.S. Constitutional Amendments 11-15, Appendix, pp. A12-A13 in Inventing America.

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