Fall of 2007 I started as a full-time, degree seeking student. I knew I wanted to take a lot of History classes; 101: American History, 1492 - the Civil War seemed like a logical starting point. What did I learn?
I learned (already knew some of this) what a bastard Columbus was. I learned that the first African slaves came to America in 1609, eleven years before the Pilgrims. I learned about the economics of colonialism and how the American Revolution can be only be truly understood by at least factoring in economic issues. I also learned that the slavery issue had an economic component well beyond what I had been considering.
But the biggest thing I learned was that there is a very specific format that one must follow when writing history papers. And that this even includes essay questions on exams. I got a BC in this class, the only grade below B on my transcript. But I learned.