This class covers United States History from roughly pre-Columbus up to the Present.This course will not center on the memorization of names and dates, but will require ahigher level of learning comprehension. The focus of class lectures, discussions, exams,and other assignments will be on learning how to become better critical thinkers. Themain theme of this course will be the exploration of American democracy- how it hasbeen defined by various groups, how those definitions have changed over time, and howthose competing definitions have been reflected in policies and actions. We will alsoconsider the role and various definitions of capitalism as they relate to the changing ideasabout democracy. Thus the learning objectives will focus on enhancing your ability to demonstrate basic historical knowledge as well as critical thinking and writing skills.