Course Details

050:223:01 - Learning from the Past: Early America and the 21st Century

  • Course ID: 050:223:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Cevasco
  • Instructor (Core Faculty): Cevasco, Carla
  • SAS Core Curriculum Goals: CCD, HST

From the musical Hamilton to protests of monuments, it is clear that early America (before 1865) is a powerful symbol in debates about the present-day United States. But why is this era so important to understandings of America today? And what might early America have to teach us? Early America was the most diverse and complicated place on the planet, the crucible of our own diverse and complicated present. Pandemics, protests, inequality, climate change, racial injustice—all of these challenges faced early Americans, too. What can we learn from how early Americans faced these problems, and how did their solutions to their problems help to create the United States we know today?