This course introduces you to United States history, starting in pre-Columbian times up to 1865. After completing this course, you will better understand the trends, concepts, and key historical events that shaped the formative years of the United States and its development through the Civil War. The course flows chronologically, starting with a discussion on the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus, then moves on to the European colonization of the North American continent. We explore how the original 13 Colonies formed, how those colonists lived, and what prompted them to revolt and create the United States. From there, we will learn how the Founding Fathers enacted their vision of government by, for, and of the people, how the Jacksonian Era impacted the direction of the country, and how Manifest Destiny led to a rapid expansion westward. We conclude by discussing how the growing conflict between northern, urban, manufacturing interests and the southern, pastoral, slave owners resulted in the American Civil War.