Nov 28, 2023  
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 2650 - Young America 1815-1848

3 cr. 3 hr. Once every two years

This course examines an era of remarkable change in American history. Within a single generation, the country embarked on a dramatically new course of development, shedding many elements of its colonial past. Democratic political culture emerged, giving rise to a new political system and increased voter participation and popular engagement. Industrialization transformed work in American society both in growing cities and the countryside. The market economy stimulated geographic expansion, consumer culture and supported the reorientation of politics. Canals and railroads fostered new communities and connected them to centers of commerce. As they experienced these changes, Americans engaged in passionate debates over slavery, religion, and the rights of the individual, among many others. They did so in diverse forums ranging from the pervasive print culture to riotous streets and alleys. Throughout this vibrant and tumultuous period, Americans laid the foundation of modern American society.

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