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HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America

Unit 3: Colonial Governance and Economics in North America   This unit asks why Great Britain became the dominant European power in North American continent, examining various political and economic factors that contributed to her rise to power.  This unit also sets the stage for the American Revolution by exploring the ways in which economic growth exacerbated the tension between the fundamentally incompatible understandings of political participation that Britain and her colonies held.

Unit 3 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 7 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 3.1: 4.5 hours

☐    Subunit 3.2: 2.5 hours

Unit3 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify the religious, economic, and political reasons for British colonial expansion into North America.
  • Define and identify the terms “mercantilism” and “salutatory neglect” as they relate to the economic systems of colonial North America.

3.1 Britain’s North American Colonies   - Reading: Wikibooks’ US History: “English Colonies” Link: Wikibooks’ US History: English Colonies (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of the website in order to get a sense culture and politics of Britain’s North American colonies and the reason for their founding.
 
About the link: This online text was developed by Wikibooks as an open educational resource for use in undergraduate history courses.
 
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  • Lecture: iTunesU: Stanford University, Jack Rakove, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Lecture 4, “The Godly Commonwealth” Link: Stanford University, Jack Rakove, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Lecture 4, The Godly Commonwealth (iTunesU)
     
    Instructions: Please listen to Professor Jack Rakove’s entire 50-minute lecture to get a sense of Britain’s North American colonies.
     
    About the link: This website hosts free lectures from the nation’s top universities in a wide array of academic subjects.
     
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  • Lecture: iTunesU: Stanford University, Jack Rakove, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Lecture 9, “America as a Post-Reformation Society” Link: Stanford University, Jack Rakove, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Lecture 9, America as a Post-Reformation Society (iTunesU)
     
    Instructions: Please listen to Professor Jack Rakove’s entire 50-minute lecture to get a sense of Britain’s North American colonies.
     
    About the link: This website hosts free lectures from the nation’s top universities in a wide array of academic subjects. 
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

3.1.1 Reasons for British Colonial Expansion into North America: Religious, Economic, and Political   3.1.1.1 Religious Reasons for Britain’s Colonial Expansion into North America   - Reading: John Winthrop: “A Model of Christian Charity (1630)” Link: John Winthrop: A Model of Christian Charity (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of the website in order to get a sense of the religious motivation for emigrating to North America.
 
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3.1.1.2 Economic Reasons for Britain’s Colonial Expansion into North America   - Web Media: History Channel, “Jamestown Founded in 1607” Link: History Channel, “Jamestown Founded in 1607” (Adobe Flash)
 
Instructions: Please watch the entire 4-minute video to get a sense of the reasons for Jamestown’s founding.
        
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3.1.2 Political Reasons for Britain’s Colonial Expansion into North America: The Glorious Revolution in Great Britain   - Reading: History.com: “English Civil Wars” Link: History.com: “English Civil Wars” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of the website in order to get a sense of the events that caused the English Civil War and its relationship to the founding of Britain’s North American colonies.
 
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3.2 Salutary Neglect, Economics and Government   3.2.1 Mercantilism   - Reading: Wikipedia: “Bacon’s Rebellion” Link: Wikipedia:Bacon's Rebellion” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of the website in order to get a sense of the history of the relationship between colonial economics and democracy, as expressed during Bacon’s Rebellion.
 
About the link: This online text was developed by Wikipedia’s users as an open educational resource; it has not been peer-reviewed, so please bear that in mind when using Wikipedia.
 
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3.2.2 Bacon’s Rebellion   - Reading: Associated Content/N.K.: “Mercantilism and the British Colonies in America” Link: Associated Content/N.K.: “Mercantilism and the British Colonies in North America” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of N.K.’s article about British mercantile policies during the 18th century.
 
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3.2.3 The Seven Years War/French & Indian War   - Lecture: C-SPAN/Tattered Cover Bookstore, “Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War” Link: C-SPAN/Tattered Cover Bookstore, “Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War” (Youtube)

 Instructions: Please watch the entire 35-minute debate to better
understand the importance of the Seven Years War.  
    
 About the link: This website an entire series of lectures produced
by C-SPAN and the Tattered Cover Bookstore.  
    
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the material.  The original version can be found
here <http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/156412-1>.