Hudson River History

  • SOC-974
  • 3 Credits
  • Correspondence
  • 5.00 out of 5 stars

Examine the history of one of the most important waterways in America. No other river has held such importance in the history and development of the United States. You will explore the rich history of the Hudson River beginning with the early Native American cultures and the voyages of European explorers. During the American Revolution the Hudson became a battleground that determined the fate of the United States. Following the war technological wonders such as the steamboat and the Erie Canal helped propel New York State into the Industrial Revolution. During the Civil War the Hudson became a major center of weapons production and helped supercharge the North's war effort. Following the war the Hudson Valley became the center for explosive industrial growth and the home of powerful Captains of Industry. By the 1960's the Hudson had become polluted and its natural beauty spoiled from rampant development. This course fits into Eras 1 through 9 from the National Center for History in the Schools learning standards.   NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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