U.S. History 101

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Investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from the pre-Columbian period of U.S. history right through to the Civil War with these comprehensive U.S. History 101 flashcards, compiled using top textbooks, test banks, tutors, and practice exams. Study online or in Brainscape’s mobile app and get ready to ace your U.S. History 101 exam!

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History textbooks, though essential, aren’t exactly known to be compelling reading. In fact, they’re practically a metaphor for boring. But Brainscape has taken the entire U.S. History 101 curriculum and distilled it down into bite-sized, question-and-answer flashcards that’ll help you ingrain the necessary facts to take on this content-heavy exam.

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Created by a team of top experts and tested by students, this course:

  • Contains over 470+ cards across 11 decks.
  • Offers an efficient review of the most important US History facts and concepts at your fingertips.
  • Helps you learn the context and significance of critical historical events.
  • Targets those issues tested most frequently on prior exams.
  • Uses a special learning algorithm that leverages the latest in cognitive science techniques to ensure that you learn faster and remember for longer.
  • Adjusts according to your unique strengths and weaknesses, so that you can focus on the facts that you struggle with and save time repeating those you’re already confident in.

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Time to learn the foundations of U.S. History through to the Civil War!

Decks in this class (11)

Pre-Columbian Societies
Before Columbus’s arrival, the Americas were home to several vibrant civilizations. This deck describes the Indian empires of Mesoamerica, the southwest, and the Mississippi River Valley.
10  cards
Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690
The English, French, Dutch, and Spanish each engaged in significant colonial efforts. This deck describes their attempts to establish permanent outposts in the New World, the arrival of the settlers, Jamestown and Plymouth Bay, and the birth of religious liberty in British North America.
54  cards
Colonial North America, 1690-1754
During the 16th and 17th centuries British North America continued to expand, developing its own economy and political institutions. This deck covers the early period of the American colonies.
31  cards
American Revolution, 1754-1789
Beginning with the French and Indian War, this deck describes the growing American resistance to British rule, the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the establishment of the United States as one nation.
58  cards
Early Republic, 1789-1815
The new American nation was beset by difficulties both at home and abroad. This deck covers the Presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison.
85  cards
Antebellum America: Economy
This deck describes the changes in the American economy in the years before the Civil War, as it was transformed by new inventions, proto-industrialization, and efforts to increase trade.
36  cards
Antebellum America: Politics
As the Era of Good Feelings ended, the American political scene in the antebellum period was dominated by the struggle between the Jacksonian Democrats and the Whigs. This deck reviews the rise of judicial federalism, tariff controversies, the struggle for states’ rights, and the Bank War.
41  cards
Antebellum America: Society
This deck covers the religious and cultural developments in Antebellum America, including Evangelical protestant revivalism, social reforms, ideals of domesticity, and the rise of a uniquely American form of artistic and literary expression.
42  cards
Manifest Destiny
New immigrants and the search for greater opportunities drove America’s great push westward. This deck describes Americans' belief in a Manifest Destiny, the Mexican American War, and interactions with Indian tribes west of the Mississippi River.
28  cards
Crisis of the Union
In the decade before the Civil War, America faced new struggles, sectionalism, tensions over slavery, and efforts to digest the lands acquired in the Mexican American War. This deck covers the period from the Compromise of 1850 to the election of Abraham Lincoln.
51  cards
Civil War
This deck reviews the specific events, military strategies, and sociopolitical and economic effects of the Civil War, and includes the drive towards Emancipation.
42  cards

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