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Professor Al Smith: Learning Outcomes in History & Social Science: History 101

A guide to help students navigate successfully through Professor Smith's Assessment Project

Course Learning Outcomes

History 101: United States History Prior to 1877

Theme: HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE   Exploring the concepts of human rights, civil rights, and social justice as motivation for historical change.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student should be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate factual knowledge of key political, economic, social and cultural events and issues in the history of the United States to 1877.
  2. Evaluate, analyze and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and make historical arguments based on these sources.
  3. Apply critical thinking (including causal analysis and skeptical inquiry) to historical concepts and developments in the history of the United States to 1877.

Find Books & Articles

Below you'll find links to the MJC Library Catalog (WorldCat) and a selection of history databases that give researchers a  great place to find full-text, academically appropriate books and articles. Each source  provides access to different publications, so be experiment with a variety of databases. 

Know Your Search Terms

Searching databases is not always as easy as searching Google. Keyword searches that work well in Google sometimes fail to yield as good as results in WorldCat and the library databases. Should you get stuck, below are some search terms that should help you find relevant sources. These terms provide a launching point for your research.  MJC Research Librarians can always help you identify more terms.

  • Native Americans

  • Native Americans Civil rights

  • Indians of North America Ethnic identity

  • Indians of North America Social conditions

  • Indians of North America Cultural assimilation

  • Indians of North America Crimes against

  • Indians, Treatment of North America

  • African Americans Civil rights History 18th century 

  • Slaves United States

  • Slaves Social conditions

  • Slavery United States History 17th century

  • Slavery United States History 18th century

  • African Americans Social conditions 17th century

  • African Americans Social conditions 18th century

  • Women slaves