If you only understand one era of U.S. history, understand the Colonies and the Revolution
And Jack Rakove will help you. Take the time to listen to his lectures, available free on iTunesU, from his course Colonial and Revolutionary America.
Things you will learn about -- the re-peopling of America, race slavery, religion, bases of our political history, and the Constitution. You'll also learn that Jack Rakove is a hilarious, knowledgeable, and grumpy man.
I've studied the history and law of this country and the legal history of the country as well. So, trust me on this.