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Colonial and Revolutionary America

By Stanford University

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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. Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

Customer Reviews

Dynamic professor, but missing lectures

I found the professor very dynamic, although it took me 2-3 lectures to get comfortable with him, his way of lecturing, his jokes and asides.

However, the course often seemed disjointed between lectures; I think that there are several lectures referenced in the course but missing from the lineup.

Great content, frustrating instructor

The constant digressions of thought are just too exhausting to keep up with. Love the info presented but I need the speaker to be less easily distracted by everything.


I pushed through because it's a topic I like. I learned some interesting facts but almost went crazy because he says, "y'know" so much. His voice in general is like that of the professor's on the Simpsons. The points he makes about the difference between the colonial religions were interesting.