United States History, with as much detail as possible, examines how the United States evolved from a European colony to a world power. In this course, there will be no flinching from the uncomfortable truths that brought this evolution about, and a survey of America’s past involves neither undue celebration nor condemnation. Furthermore, this course makes every effort to avoid elevating into myth or demonizing into infamy any of the principal figures who contributed to America’s current stature. Students are welcome to their own ideologies and political convictions, but are encouraged not to set thinking fixed upon them. The goal of this course is that students relish the complexities of American history and leave the course with more questions than with comfortable certainties about the past.