Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Dr. Christopher Phillips

This course focuses on the peoples, societies, and cultures that shaped early North America before the American Revolution.

Courses about “Colonial America” have traditionally followed the beginnings and development of British America, but we will also consider Native American, West African, Caribbean, Spanish, French, Dutch, and other perspectives. The course will primarily, but not exclusively, follow the development of eastern colonies, their political and social development, and the conflicts that arose out of local and imperial tensions.

Students will use primary and secondary sources to analyze the complex factors of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, and social status that shaped the fates of various individuals and groups in early North America.

The course will also address how modern concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion grew out of long-term struggles over essential questions of power, liberty, citizenship, representation, belonging, and protection of the law.

This course is cross-listed with HIST 3005.