Why study the USA in the C19th?Key Questions answered Why is this an interesting period to study? What are the main topics and themes in this Unit? What are the key concepts you will encounter? Where do the key debates lie? Content considers: The USA in 1803 vs. the USA in 1890. Introduce key topics: Westward Expansion, Native Americans, Sectional Tension, Civil War. Key concepts and debates within each topic e.g. Manifest Destiny, slavery. Resonances with contemporary USA – race, social inclusion/exclusion; role of Govt.
Professor Richard Carwardine