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an icon of a pair of binoculars The following list shows the module-level topics for the course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

  • Module 1: The New World

    • The First Americans
    • European Expansion
    • Spanish Exploration and Conquest
    • Global Exchanges




  • Module 2: Colliding Cultures

    • Spanish America
    • Spain's Rivals Emerge
    • English Colonization
    • Jamestown
    • New England




  • Module 3: British North America

    • Slavery and the Making of Race
    • Turmoil in Britain
    • New Colonies
    • Riot, Rebellion, and Revolt




  • Module 4: Colonial Society

    • Consumption and Trade in the British Atlantic
    • Slavery Anti-Slavery and Atlantic Exchange
    • Pursuing Political, Religious, and Individual Freedom
    • Seven Years’ War
    • Pontiac's War




  • Module 5: The American Revolution

    • The Origins of the American Revolution
    • The Causes of the American Revolution
    • Independence
    • The War for Independence
    • The Consequences of the American Revolution




  • Module 6: A New Nation

    • Shay's Rebellion
    • The Constitutional Convention
    • Ratifying the Constitution
    • Rights and Compromises
    • Hamilton’s Financial System
    • The Whiskey Rebellion and Jay’s Treaty
    • The French Revolution and the Limits of Liberty
    • Religious Freedom
    • The Election of 1800




  • Module 7: The Early Republic

    • Free and Enslaved Black Americans and the Challenge to Slavery
    • Jeffersonian Republicanism and the Democratization of America
    • Jefferson as President
    • Native American Power and the United States
    • The War of 1812




  • Module 8: The Market Revolution

    • Early Republic Economic Development
    • The Decline of Northern Slavery and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom
    • Changes in Labor Organization
    • Changes in Gender Roles and Family Life
    • The Rise of Industrial Labor in Antebellum America


  • Module 9: Democracy in America

    • Democracy in the Early Republic
    • The Missouri Crisis
    • The Rise of Andrew Jackson
    • The Nullification Crisis
    • The Eaton Affair and the Politics of Sexuality
    • The Bank War
    • The Panic of 1837
    • Rise of the Whigs
    • Anti-Masons, Anti-Immigrants, and the Whig Coalition
    • Race and Jacksonian Democracy


  • Module 10: Religion and Reform

    • Revival and Religious Change
    • Atlantic Origins of Reform
    • The Benevolent Empire
    • Antislavery and Abolitionism
    • Women's Rights in Antebellum America




  • Module 11: The Cotton Revolution

    • Plantation Economy and Politics
    • Slave Life and Resistance
    • Migration and Geographies
    • Culture in the Old South




  • Module 12: Manifest Destiny

    • Antebellum Western Migration
    • Indian Removal
    • Life and Culture in the West
    • Slavery in the West
    • Texas, Mexico, and America
    • Manifest Destiny and the Gold Rush
    • The Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny




  • Module 13: The Sectional Crisis

    • Sectionalism in the Early Republic
    • The Crisis Joined
    • Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men
    • From Sectional Crisis to National Crisis




  • Module 14: The Civil War

    • The Election of 1860 and Secession
    • From Soil to Shore: Military War on the Ground and in the Water
    • Confederate Nationalism and Union War Aims
    • Experiences of Soldiers and Civilians
    • Music, Medicine, and Mourning
    • The Election of 1864 and Emancipation
    • Course Project




  • Module 15: Reconstruction

    • Politics of Reconstruction
    • The Meaning of Black Freedom
    • Reconstruction and Women
    • Racial Violence in Reconstruction
    • Economic Development during the Civil War and Reconstruction
    • The End of Reconstruction




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