AMST 2664

AMST 2664

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Many Americans envision the colonial period as a relatively quaint and benign time dominated by Pocahontas, the Pilgrims, and provinciality.  Pairing the term "colonial" with "America" also tends to render the nearly-three centuries between Europeans' arrival in the western hemisphere and the Declaration of Independence as the prehistory of the United States when in fact multiple colonial regimes existed in North America at any time prior to 1776.  This course investigates the rich, complex, and violent history of early America with the objective of a fresh appreciation of its "colonial" aspects – natural resource extraction, territorial expropriation and displacement of indigenous peoples, exploitation of enslaved labor, and the imposition of juridical authority over "settled" spaces – with an eye toward a better understanding of the larger patterns of domination (however incomplete) in which the emergent international state system and global capitalism creating imbalances of wealth and power that persist to this day.  In addition to exploration of familiar sites like the thirteen Anglo-American colonies, the course will venture into less well-known areas (including those outside contemporary national American boundaries) to enhance students' appreciation of the diversity of human in experience in early America via comparative analysis.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2664

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16640 AMST 2664   LEC 001

  • 16642 AMST 2664   DIS 201

  • 16643 AMST 2664   DIS 202

  • 16644 AMST 2664   DIS 203

  • 16645 AMST 2664   DIS 204