This course examines colonization of the New World through the end of the 19th century, with specific attention paid to the American Revolution, the Constitution, slavery, and the Civil War. Students will learn to analyze the major causes and effects of important events; compare, contrast, and evaluate conflicting interpretations of events; and propose and defend solutions to problems. Part of the course will be dedicated to learning strategies for reading a variety of historical texts and writing analytical essays. These skills will be used in writing a major research paper. This research paper must be successfully completed in order to receive credit for the course.