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Colonial and Revolutionary America

by Stanford

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Course Description

This course covers the opening segment of the traditional American history survey. Its major themes are the character of colonial society; the origins and consequences of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act controversy to the adoption of the Federal Constitution; the impact of the Revolution on the general population and culture; and (implicitly) the long-term significance of the social and political history of this era for our conceptions of American nationhood, society, and citizenship.

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Customer Reviews

Great class!

Dr. Rackove has a ton of passion about the topic, and he brings the many, many historical threads together to weave a compelling vision of America from the mid-17th century to the dawn of the 19th. Well worth the time, particularly for those trying to understand today's Constitutional "issues."

Great course if you are already knowledgable of the subject

For the most part I really enjoyed this course, the professor lectures in a conversational manner which is esy to listen to and comprehend. The major drawback for me is that he occassional says things like, "And you all know what happened then!" and "I know you remember this from third grade history so I won't go over it." Well, I took this course to learn about American History, and no I don't know "what happened then" and its been a long time since I was in third grade. And if you don't even give me a key word to look up later, I don't know how I'm supposed to figure it out. This became a serious issue for me as he discussed major historical events which I should apparently know backwards and forwards, but I don't, and I still don't after listening to this course.


This professor only mentions bullet points and spends a lot of time talking about his years in the late 60's in grad school. If I had paid to take this course I would feel ripped off.

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