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Social Studies

American History: From Prehistory to 1865, Part I

Explore the history of America - from the origins and lives of the first people in America to the end of the Civil War.
Zbysek Brezina, PhD
78 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The class has two main goals. One is to provide you with a basic factual understanding of American history through 1865, including the development of various American civilizations from their earliest beginnings, the emergence of colonial America, and the establishment of the early Republic. Just as important, however, is the ability to use this information productively.  Thus, this class will also stress the ability to integrate the mass of factual data into some basic understanding of how the “New” World arose, and of the issues which concern historical thinking about marginalization and marginalized people.  In addition, the examinations are designed to develop the ability to think critically.  Rote memorization is not as important as the ability to produce and evaluate arguments based on historical evidence.  Please do not forget that the most effective learning occurs when you are actively involved. 
Dr. Brezina has taught American history at various university prep schools in Europe and the United States and as well as at several American colleges and universities. As a Ph.D. student he had the honor of working under Professor Robert Dallek, who is one of the most respected U.S. historians specializing in the history of the United States presidents. Furthermore, Dr. Brezina published a chapter on President William McKinley's foreign policy in a book titled U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy from 1/789 to the Present (2006). 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The study of American history deals with some sensitive topics in history such as slavery, war, racism, and ethnic cleansing.  I take great care to present the content in an age-appropriate manner.
There are many sources that are used for teaching the American past in this course. Dr. Brezina studied various primary and secondary sources (articles, book, dissertations, etc.) during his years as a teacher and professor of history that will allow him to interpret American history objectively and address the full range of a variety of peoples' histories, including marginalized populations. For example, he will draw from two books, Ancient North America by Brian M. Fagan and From Colony to Superpower by George C. Herring, both of which are commonly used as objective and multi-cultural history textbooks in U.S. higher education. (However, Dr. Brezina does not require students to purchase or use these books.) 


Zbysek Brezina, PhD
Lives in the United States
Former Professor of History
78 total reviews
84 completed classes

About Me

I have taught history and social studies for over twenty-five years at all levels, including elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. I have a Ph.D. in history from Boston University, and spent ten years as a tenure-track... 
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