History: American History: From Revolution to Civil War

Ref: C2419082

This course will outline the main events of the early history of the United States. It will look at the War of Independence, the Declaration of Independence, the framing of the Constitution, the expansion westwards, and the Civil War. It will show how, from its foundation, the United States was confronted with two troubling and related issues. How far could the federal government over-ride the rights of the individual states? How could a nation committed to the ideals of freedom and equality allow the continued existence of slavery? The secession of the Confederate States in 1860-61 brought these issues to a head and made civil war inevitable.

Course aim

The course will study the main themes of American history, from the War of Independence and the framing of the Constitution to the ending of the Civil War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the main events of the period
  • recognise the common threads uniting the early history of the United States with the Civil War period.
  • assess the ways in which the geography of the United States has shaped its history
  • be able to access some of the very wide range of internet material on this subject
  • feel able to take part in class discussion

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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History: American History: From Revolution to Civil War


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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