American History: First Settlement to First Crisis, 1607-1812


In this class, students will engage with American History from a unique, thoughtful perspective, facilitated by college professor and doctoral candidate Albert Thompson who is a “researcher, problem solver, and educator.” Professor Thompson is considered a historian of the state, culture, and conflict. He was homeschooled through high school and will guide high school students to use “ historical data to advance solutions to contemporary problems.”

First semester will cover American History I from 1607 through the start of the War of 1812. The class will uncover history that is often overlooked or downplayed, such as the Inter-Colonial Wars as a precursor to the American Revolution. Professor Thompson encourages students to think deeply about history by introducing individuals and groups in a way that lets students put themselves in others’ places. He covers the worldviews that were dominant at the time as a way to explain what motivated historical figures and decisions of the day. Conflicts will be closely examined since throughout history, war is always a catalyst that causes economic and social conditions to change dramatically in the shortest period of time. Major themes that will be covered this semester include Indigenous America, Colliding Cultures, British North America, Colonial Society, the American Revolution, a New Nation, and the Early Republic.

Topics in this Series: First Settlement to First Crisis, 1607-1812 (Semester 1), Civil War to Reconstruction, 1812-1890 (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: None

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on readings. Readings should be treated as pre-readings which students complete before class in order to engage in in-class discussion.

Assignments: Reading assignments will be communicated weekly to students. This class will not have written assignments or projects.

Assessments: The instructor will not give quizzes or provide assessments. Parents may elect to administer online quizzes that are available through the e-textbook website for purposes of assessment their own student’s understanding of major themes.

Textbook/Materials: The class will use The American Yawp, and open-source online textbook from Stanford University Press ( Students may read chapters online or download a pdf.

What to Bring: Paper or notebook; pen or pencil; assigned chapter.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in American history for purposes of a high school transcript.

Price: $587.00 + $12.00 Admin Fee

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 11:55 am

Start Date: September 8, 2022
End Date: December 15, 2022

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