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Early Modern History

United States and World History from 1600 to 1850



Jennifer Edmunson


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time:

(Tues-2) 10:10-11:30


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1 history credit 

  • Course Description

United States history is best studied in the context of the greater world in which it resides.  While history doesn't repeat itself, it does rhyme and we can learn to see themes that cross across centuries and millennia and apply those to current World situations.


Some of the events covered include the New World; Western Europe; Asia (China, Japan, India), and Eastern Europe; the American Revolution; the Age of Napoleon; Africa; Rebellion and Repression. 


While this class can stand alone, there is an overall goal for all history students.  In taking all four years of history, students will have an overall understanding of human history from the beginning through the year 2000. Understanding history includes understanding different perspectives, motivations, biases, even location. Students will learn to sift primary and secondary sources, determine a viewpoint that is consistent with known understanding of events, grasp the subject in order to participate in intelligent discussions, and understand this subject across multiple contexts including literature, philosophy, natural sciences, and even our common culture/literacy.


In addition to studying our text, each year will also have an additional focus:


  • Ancient - Confessions by St. Augustine

  • Medieval - The Comedies by Dante

  • Early Modern - Multiple Passages of Memorization

  • Modern - 12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Unbroken, Anthem

  • Classwork / Homework
  • Required Books & Materials

Year 3 Early Modern Companion

available in e-book or hardcopy


(Discount code for 15% off will be provided)

  • 3 ring binder

  • Reinforced notebook paper (no spirals please)

  • Writing utensils

  • Binder pocket dividers (4)

  • Map pencils or fine markers

  • Electronic device to take quiz in class each week

    • Phone, iPod, Tablet, Laptop, iPad

    • Instructor has 2 class devices that can be used for our quizzes only

Students will engage in presentations and lectures, learn note-taking, class discussion, independent study, original texts, memorization, and even food. We will use the past as a lens to understand our current world. Students will complete homework assignments online from our Google Classroom each week as well as work toward a final project each semester. Each student will also keep a binder of all notes, maps, homework, and handouts for a final grade.

To aid your student in the above task, it is imperative you have a working printer as there will be documents that must be printed each week and brought to class. The instructor will provide certain handouts, maps, exams, and class activities, and students will be required to print some pages at home.

Approximate homework: at least 2 hours

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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