History 102: American Heritage—From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution

This free, ten-week, not-for-credit online course will cover topics including the development of the idea of natural rights during the late colonial period; the American Revolution, the framing of the Constitution, and the rise of political parties; the crisis of the Union and the Civil War; the growth of the United States into an industrial and global power, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War; and the rise of Progressivism and the reaction against it signaled by the election of Ronald Reagan. Lectures are delivered and Q&A sessions conducted by members of Hillsdale's history department faculty, and readings are drawn from the American Heritage Reader used in the American Heritage core course taught on Hillsdale's campus.

All Lectures are archived and available to view at your convenience.

  1. "Introduction: How to Think About American History"
    Larry P. Arnn

  2. "Colonial Settlement"
    Mark Kalthoff

  3. "Enlightenment and Natural Rights"
    Terrence Moore

  4. "The American Founding"
    Paul Rahe

  5. "Democracy: American Promise and its Dangers"
    Paul Rahe

  6. "The Crisis of the Union"
    David Raney

  7. "The Gilded Age and the Robber Barons"
    Burt Folsom

  8. "Progressivism"
    Paul Moreno

  9. "America as a World Power"
    Tom Conner

  10. "The Reagan Revolution"
    Terrence Moore

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