• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course offers an introduction to the history of the United States by examining three revolutions in its formation and development. The course begins by examining the American Revolution, including the writing and ratification of the Constitution of the United States. Between 1765 and 1787 the American colonies first re-thought their attachment to the British Empire, then successfully fought for their independence from Britain, and finally created a new form of government that put the United States on a new path of independence and republicanism. The second revolution saw the emergence of a democratic culture in the 1830s and 1840s. This included a new conception of the people's role in politics, government, literature, culture and community. The course ends by examining the third revolution, which centred on the Civil War (1861-1865), the end of slavery and the beginnings of what Abraham Lincoln called "a new birth of freedom" - one that would eventually enable the inclusion of African-Americans into the broader destiny and community of the United States.

The course will explore these revolutions with the help of three perspectives: history, political science and literature. These perspectives will be built into the lecture and tutorial programs, thus equipping students to undertake either a History or an American Studies major.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the United States between 1765 and 1876.
  2. Evaluate different perspectives on that history provided by the methods and materials used by historians, political scientists and literature specialists.
  3. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills.
  4. Be able to critically reflect upon the insights provided by a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject matter of the course.
  5. Understand and demonstrate the significance of the three American Revolutions of the period for the development of the modern United States.
  6. Show improvement in their close reading and oral presentation skills.

Indicative Assessment

1,000 word document exercise (20%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 2, 3, and 4]

2,500 word essay (30%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5]

Tutorial participation (10%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6]

Final examination (40%) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, and 5]

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The course is offered on campus via lectures (which will be streamed) and tutorials.

Two one-hour lectures and one hour-long tutorial per week. Lectures will be taped/streamed.

Students will be expected to spend an average of seven hours per week outside these contact hours to prepare for tutorials, research and write the written work, and to prepare for the final examination.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST 1020

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available at the beginning of semester.

Preliminary Reading

David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, Thomas A. Bailey, The American Pageant Vol.1, to 1877. Thirteenth Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Assumed Knowledge

HIST 1206 is a first year course which requires no pre-requisites or assumed knowledge.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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