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Chapter 1: 1491-1607

Chapter 1 of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, BRI's U.S. History Curriculum Resource, invites students to explore how the collision of cultures created a "New World." Students will learn about the development of systems of cultural exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, as well as evaluate the impact of European contact with Native Americans and the Americas.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness is designed to meet the course needs of a yearlong U.S. History or AP U.S. History class. The history of the United States is presented through a series of narratives, primary sources, and point-counterpoint debates that invites students to participate in the ongoing conversation about the American experiment. The content is coupled with rigorous assessments that help students to develop historical thinking skills and reasoning processes.

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