History 103: US History I

This History 103: U.S. History I course prepares you to take the U.S. History I CLEP exam and earn real college credit. Watch U.S. history video lessons and learn about the first settlers and colonies up through the Civil War and Reconstruction. These lessons are a part of Education Portal's online video lessons. 

About this Course

Explore significant events in U.S. history, including the Boston Tea Party, the Constitutional Convention and the Revolutionary and Civil wars, through this Education Portal course. Our experienced, knowledgeable history instructors have put together a series of comprehensive video lessons and self-assessment quizzes that cover American history from 28,000 BCE to the late 1800s. In addition to learning about the original 13 colonies and life in antebellum America, you'll be introduced to prominent historical figures, including George Washington, Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison. History 103: U.S. History I can prepare you to earn real college credit by passing the U.S. History I CLEP exam.

First Contacts (28,000 BCE - 1821 CE) Take a look at the origins of the Native Americans and study the Mesoamerican civilizations. Also find out about the effects of European colonization and explorers.
Settling North America (1497-1732) Learn about failed colonies, like Jamestown. Also learn about successful settlements, like Plymouth Rock and the 13 colonies.
The Road to Revolution (1700-1774) Discover the American enlightenment and the first great awakening. Additionally, examine some early struggles, like the French and Indian War, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.
The American Revolution (1775-1783) Explore the war that helped American gain its freedom. Look at the Declaration of Independence, loyalists vs. patriots and George Washington.
The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800) Examine how the U.S. was structured with the creation of state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the constitutional convention, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the new U.S. government.
The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825) Study the presidents that made up the Virginia Dynasty and some of the important events of their presidencies.
Jacksonian Democracy (1825-1850) Take a look at the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Find out about some of his most famous moves, such as the Trail of Tears. Also find out about Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison.
Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) Study the U.S. in the rocky period preceding the Civil War. Learn about reform movements, transportation changes, economic development and slavery issues.
Manifest Destiny (1806-1855) Follow the course of American history as it spread to the west with a look at Manifest Destiny, the California gold rush and the Oregon Trail. Additionally, study the presidencies of Tyler, Pol, Fillmore and Peirce.
Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) See what happens as tensions rise over the issue of slavery with a look at Bloody Kansas, the Dred Scott case, John Brown and Lincoln's election. Look at the southern secessions and the start of the Civil War.
American Civil War (1861-1865) Examine the Civil War as it begins by comparing the North and the South. Find out about key battles, the effects of the war and the turning points. Finish up with a look at how the war ended and President Lincoln's assassination.
Reconstruction (1865-1877) Follow history through the reconstruction period in the south and how Andrew Johnson handled this rough period. Study the presidency of Grant and the different aspects of how southern reconstruction affected the country.

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