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Political institutions, political developments, and public policy
Social developments
Economic developments
Cultural and intellectual developments
Diplomacy and international relations

HSS-002 – History of the United States I

About the Course
The History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 examination covers material that is usually taught in the first semester of a two-semester course in United States history. The examination covers the period of American history from early European colonization to the end of Reconstruction, with the majority of the questions covering the period of 1790???1877. In the section covering the 17th and 18th centuries, emphasis is placed on the English colonies.

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Credit by Exam Program
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam Bank Questions = 341
FlashCard Phrases = 292
Media Web Links = 5

Recommended Prerequisits

Section 1 - Political institutions, political developments, and public policy
This section covers the different institutions of American government. It covers the growth of and changes in political parties, and the division of powers between the federal government and the states. It also examines the changes that took place in voting, nominating procedures, party organization, and campaign strategies. The content of the Constitution and its amendments, and their interpretation by the Supreme Court. The public policy systems of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities by the government and representatives.
Section 2 - Social developments
This section covers the impact of European discovery and colonization upon indigenous societies. The nature of indigenous societies in North America. The origins and nature of slavery and resistance. The development and character of colonial societies. The changing role of religion in American society. The changing role of government in American life. Abolitionism and reform movements.
Section 3 - Economic developments
This section covers the process of economic growth and development, the industrial revolution of the United States and its origins. Non-industrial wage labor increases; growth in urban centers and in farming areas, outwork occupations and commercial agriculture and its transformation of the rural labor market. The economic developments that coincided with changes in family life, particularly family size, life expectancy and culture make-up. The greater role of women in the labor force, politics, and the efect of reform activities
Section 4 - Cultural and intellectual developments
This section will cover the cultural and intellectual developments that occurred between 1790 and 1877. This will include the social, and cultural challenges. Major movements and individual figures in the history of American literature, art, and popular culture. The diverse individual and collective expressions in literature, art, philosophy. The different cultures, ethnic groups, races, religions, and language groups and their contribution to US society.
Section 5 - Diplomacy and international relations
This section will cover an overview of major trends regarding the foreign policy of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. The major areas of British relations with the Atlantic colonies of North America, the intellectual and political expressions of nationalism, the foreign policy of the Lincoln Administration, issues with France, under Napoleon III.

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