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Part One: Founding the New Nation

(33,000 B.C.E - 1783 C.E.)




1 New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E. - 1769 C.E.


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2 The Planting of English America 1500 - 1733


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3 Settling the Northern Colonies 1619-1700


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4 American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607-1692


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5 Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700-1755


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6 The Duel for North America 1608-1763


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7 The Road to Revolution 1763-1775


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8 America Secedes From the Empire 1775-1783


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Part Two: Building the New Nation

(c. 1776 - 1860)




9 The Confederation and the Constitution 1776-1790


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10 Launching the New Ship of State 1789-1800


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11 The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800-1812






12 The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812-1824






13 The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824-1840







14 Forging the National Economy 1790-1860





15 The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790-1860






Part Three: Testing the New Nation

(c. 1820 - 1877)


16 The South and the Slavery Controversy 1793-1860






17 Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841-1848





18 Renewing the Sectional Struggle 1848-1854






19 Drifting Toward Disunion 1854-1861






20 Girding for War: The North and the South 1861-1865