History of the United States (with emphasis on Virginia):
In this course, we examine the story of the people who have inhabited North America over the last 500 years. This course begins with the understanding that there were diverse groups of people inhabiting North America before European exploration of the land began. European exploration led to mass death through disease and hostile encounters. The people inhabiting North America were Native Americans, and their lifestyles and cultures were just as diverse as citizens' lives are today in the United States today. Exploration led to colonization as those in power sought to cash in on the resources that this rich, new land provided. Colonization occured for a variety of reasons; the top two reasons being economic opportunity and escape from religious persecution. Quickly after colonization, slavery entered the agrarian South (and Caribbean) as early as 1619.
This course details the terrible institution of slavery (1619-1863) and then goes on to describe how African Americans continued to be discriminated against well into the 1960's through politics, particularly in the housing sector. We discuss what has become termed as the "New Jim Crow Laws." In this course we talk quite a bit about inequality and dispell myths of racism and prejudice. We focus quite a bit on the term "empathy." In studying history, we must be cognizant of the fact that lifestyles, ideals, and morals change over time and not everyone thinks the same way. People are entitled to their own opinions, but it is our goal to at least have conversations about issues and see things from others' perspectives without resorting to harsh words or conflict.
One of the resources that we will be using is Howard Zinn's, "The People's History of the United States," which examines the struggle between races, religions, socioeconomic groups, and regions throughout U.S. History.
The goal of this course is to help students find even greater interest not only in the History of the United States, but also in the study of History in general by opening new doors to motivations behind research. This class is meant to be a collaboration of student thought in an effort to explore new avenues of historical thinking.
Check out the book list below, you might like some of these!
by Howard Zinn Year Published: 2015 by Clint Hill Year Published: 2017 by John Lewis Gaddis Year Published: 2006 by Richard Rothstein Year Published: 2018 by Erik Larson Year Published: 2016 by Erik Larson Year Published: 2004 by Christian Wolmar Year Published: 2012 by Tony Horowitz Year Published: 1999 by Richard Beeman Year Published: 2010 by Tony Horowitz Year Published: 2003 by Charles Mann Year Published: 2006 by Jared M. Diamond Year Published: 1999