HIST 305 Defining a Nation 1789-1850

This course examines the Early Republic period of U.S. history. With independence won, Americans now had to decide what sort of nation the new country would be. We will examine the debates over issues like the Constitution, westward expansion, and slavery. Topics include the War of 1812, the vicious nature of politics in this era, the Texas Revolution, the Trail of Tears, and the U.S. - Mexican War.