Teaching Early US History from a Global Perspective

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 1:50 PM
Stevens C-5 (Hilton Chicago)
Sarah Boyle, Johnson County Community College
One challenge facing instructors of US history is incorporating new scholarship in the classroom. This paper looks at ways to include historiography on the Atlantic and Pacific worlds in the first half of the US survey in order to emphasize the interconnectedness of first the English colonies and then the United States with the rest of the world. Areas of special consideration will be first contact, the American Revolution, and westward expansion and how instructors can use a global perspective to present these topics in a new and dynamic way to students.