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Robert T Mckenzie
HSTAA 302
Seattle Campus

Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century America

Explores the history of everyday Americans (women, slaves, working people, farmers) of a variety of races, ethnicities, and citizenships in the context of the major cultural, social, and political changes that dramatically transformed their lives over the course of the nineteenth century.

Class description

HSTAA 302 is a general survey of U. S. History during the first century after the American Revolution. Thematically, the course focuses in particular on the concepts of democracy and civil rights. We will pay special attention to the belief systems of Americans at the time, approaching the study of the period as a "conversation with the dead about what we should value and how we should live." This course qualifies as a "W" course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, although students who have had no college-level history will find this to be an extremely demanding class.

Class assignments and grading

Grades in this course will be based on two medium-length essays and a final exam, all of which will require that you interweave insights from daily lectures and assigned readings.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robert T Mckenzie
Date: 10/16/2008