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Puritan New England

3 Credits
This course will explore the ideas and way of life followed by many early colonists in New England. It was a society and culture that detractors mockingly called 'Puritan' and which has had a profound influence on American life and thought to the present. Learn what drove thousands of Puritan English settlers to seek refuge in the wilderness of New England where thy sought to establish a model Christian society - a 'city on a hill' for the world to see. New England Puritanism's successes, failures, and ultimate replacement by a diverse, multicultural American vision will provide understanding of the American sense of mission and self-identity. Assignments have been developed to align with Common Core standards for literacy and writing in History/Social Science.

NOTE: Required books and films must be acquired separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.