In this course, we will examine American History from the discovery of the Hudson River by Europeans to the present day by studying the river, its valley, and the places directly connected to that large swathe of New York State. We will see how far and wide its impact stretched as we learn how to think about the discipline of History; understand its many connections; and to understand why history is so important to civilization. Lastly, we will study the notion of local history. This course will consider the national and international role of the Hudson River and its valley. Students in this advanced level course will be expected to read and write at an advanced level.