Before Independence: Colonial Life in America to 1770
Americans established Great Britain’s 13 colonies between 1607 and 1710. By 1770 colonists had developed a society distinct from Great Britain and began to contemplate independence. How did the geographic regions of British North America each develop differently by 1770? How did religion and the Enlightenment shape American attitudes? What difficulties did colonists face in everyday life? How did the French and Indian War lead to tensions between the colonies and Great Britain? This course will examine these issues and more. Lectures and discussion will be used to examine topics.
Jim Williams has been teaching ILR courses since 2007. He taught American history at the secondary level for 35 years.
Mondays, 9:00-11:00 4 weeks Oct 21-Nov 11