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American People, Part One

From Pocahontas to Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many in between, explore American history through the stories of many famous men and women of the time.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. High School students welcome – adjustments can be made to assignments to accommodate older students. 

Suggested credit: One full semester of American History 

Special Note: Includes an optional writing element. This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two offered in the spring.


This course tells the story of American history from the colonies to the 1850s, through the stories of the important men and women of the times.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Week 2: Pocahontas, and the founding of Jamestown

Week 3: Benjamin Franklin, and the American Identity

Week 4: George Washington, and the French and Indian War

Week 5: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and American Catholicism

Week 6: Thomas Jefferson, and the Declaration of Independence

Week 7: Patrick Henry, and the US Constitution

Week 8: Alexander Hamilton, and the Whiskey Rebellion

Week 9: Sacagawea, and Lewis and Clark

Week 10: Andrew Jackson, and the War of 1812

Week 11: John Quincy Adams, and the Amistad

Week 12: John Calhoun, and the Nullification Crisis

Week 13: Sam Houston, and the Mexican American War

Week 14: Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Crisis of the 1850s

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge, and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.

NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review
Also, students will have weekly, optional, short (5-10 minute) quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions

Important Dates

Class dates: Wednesdays, September 4 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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