We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Go to community college, get a degree in something useful to others, get a decent job. Then for vacation, go to an immersion session to "study" the BA topics with a group of people reading the same books and having discussions.
Perhaps someone should open a "folk school" that offers Liberal Arts subjects such as the John C. Campbell folk school offers courses in the craftier topics. Do you really need grades to read literature or the Classics or even Western Philosophy.
In my state, the state university system is required to accept for transfer credit any courses passed in one of the state's community colleges. Also, if one has achieved an AS, then it is regarded as fulfillment of the university's core distribution requirement -- the modern American replacement for the trivium (grammar, rhetoric & logic) and quadrivium (maths, astronomy, and music) required of all students in a traditional European model university.
So, one could go all 4 years to big state university, and somewhere in the course of the 4 years you would be required to take a course in American history. This would be a large lecture course taught by a graduate student, someone barely older than you.
Alternatively, one could accumulate over several years the requisite courses for an AS at one or more community colleges, amongst which would be a course in American History. Odds are it would be taught by either a professor devoted full time to teaching, or by an adjunct who is a gainful member of the community teaching as a sideline. Someone like Clayton Cramer, for example.
I think I learned far more in my field from the network of fellow students I developed than I did from the formal courses, so I don't want to downplay the advantages of full-time residential attendance at a place that grants bachelors degrees. But the community college or trade-school can be seen not just as a door to a trade, but also as an alternate door into the traditional bachelor's degree. It is a door that will generally save one lots of money, allow employment at the same time, and allow one to focus fully on one's major subject while at the residential university.