Dec 18, 2018  
2013-2014 HillBook (Class of 2017) 
2013-2014 HillBook (Class of 2017) [ARCHIVED HILL BOOK]

LC 310 - Learning Community: Becoming America

Four Credits
Fall Semester

Robert Frost aptly captured the subtle Americanization of Britain’s North American colonists when he observed “the land was ours before we were the land’s.” Focusing on the years from 1607 to 1787, this course will examine the powerful, social, economic, cultural and intellectual forces that created a modern and ultimately “American” society in Britain’s thirteen mainland colonies. Through a close reading of children’s historical fiction, students will be able to understand how contemporary authors seek to capture the rhythms, vitality and daily life of colonial America for their readers. Moreover, by examining a broad interdisciplinary mix of primary source materials, including documents, art, music, literature, biography and material culture, we will seek to answer Crevecoeur’s thoughtful question, “What then is the American, this new man?”

This course is the equivalent to   .