The Rise and Fall of the American Republic in Three Parts
This Olio Seminar examines United States history from its founding to the current day. We will be looking at many facets of American history from culture to politics and economics, and of course its role as a global power. The historical approach presented is not focused on the actions of individuals, per se, but rather the larger ideological, economic, and social developments leading to the formation of the current US political system and culture in addition to examining specific people and events.
Part I - Defeating an Empire: Birth of a Republic
This part of the series covers from the beginning of the American Revolution to the end of the American Civil War. We will discuss the revolution and its impact as well as the expansion west, the creation of an American national ideology and character, and the conflict that arose in defining those ideas. This section ends by examining the causes and some of the ramifications of the Civil War.