Skip to main content
History of the United States I

History of the United States I

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It reviews all of the substantive material that is usually taught in the first semester of the two-semester course in the United States history. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. Elvin T. Ramos, this course will cover the period of United States history from early European colonization to the end of Reconstruction, with the majority of the questions on the period of 1790 through 1877.

“History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

Course Staff


How is this course organized?

This course is organized into seven major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate ability to identify, describe, analyze and interpret historical phenomena.

The exam contains approximately 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. The Colonial Period

1.0 Introduction to The Colonial Period   

1.1 The Age of Exploration   

1.2 The Beginnings of Colonization   

1.3 The Colonial World   

1.4 The 18th Century   

2. The American Revolution

2.0 Introduction to The American Revolution   

2.1 The Coming of the American Revolution   

2.2 The War for Independence   

2.3 The Creation of New Governments   

3. The United States Constitution

3.0 Introduction to The United States Constitution   

3.1 Development and Ratification   

3.2 Outline of the United States Constitution and Separation and Limitations of Powers   

4. The New Nation (1789 - 1824)

4.0 Introduction to The New Nation   

4.1 The Federalist Era   

4.2 Washington's Administration (1789-1797)   

4.3 Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs   

4.4 John Adam's Administration (1797-1801)   

4.5 Jeffersonian Era   

4.6 Madison's Administration (1809-1817)   

4.7 Internal Development (1820-1830)   

4.8 The Expanding Economy and Industrialization   

5. Jacksonian Democracy and Westward Expansion (1824 - 1850)

5.0 Introduction to Jacksonian Democracy and Westward Expansion   

5.1 The Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1841)   

5.2 The Jacksonian Indian Policy   

5.3 The Election of 1840   

5.4 An Age of Reform   

5.5 The Role of Minorities   

5.6 The Westward Expansion   

6. Sectional Conflict and the Causes of the Civil War (1850 - 1860)

6.0 Introduction to Sectional Conflict and the Causes of the Civil War   

6.1 The Crisis of 1850 and America at Mid-Century   

6.2 The Return of Sectional Conflict   

6.3 The Coming of the Civil War   

7. The Civil War and Reconstruction (1860 - 1877)

7.0 Introduction to The Civil War and Reconstruction   

7.1 Hostilities Begin   

7.2 The Union Preserved   

7.3 The Ordeal of the Reconstruction   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Final Steps

Prof. Elvin Ramos' Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

Learn More
  1. Course Number

  2. Classes Start

  3. Effort

    4 weeks / 6 hours per week