An introductory examination or survey of the development of
American political concepts, social changes, intellectual growth, economic
philosophies, and religious institutions from the discovery of America by the
Europeans through the end of the Civil War in 1865.
Kennedy, David, & Bailey, Thomas. THE AMERICAN PAGEANT: VOLUME I. D.C. Heath, 2000.
To gain knowledge about the relationships of the varied
groups of people that have affected the United States.
To develop comprehension of the complex interrelationships
that produced the American nation.
To gain the ability to analyze and synthesize the social,
political, economic, and religious problems in American history.
To acquire a knowledge of the terminology commonly used in
To gain the knowledge of the development of America.
To develop an awareness of the major interpretations and
theories that relate to United States history.
To be able to interpret specific historical writing in
(A) Student should be able to
understand the relationships of the varied groups of people that have affected
the United States.
(B) Student should be able to
comprehend the complex interrelationships that produced the American nation.
(C) Student should be able to
analyze and synthesize the social, political, economic, and religious problems
in American history.
(D) Student should have a wide
understanding of terminology commonly used in American history.
(E) Student should gain
knowledge of the major events in the development of America.
(F) Student should be aware of
the major interpretations and theories relating to American history.
(G) Student should be able to
understand specific historical writings in American history.
(H) Student should be able to
interpret primary sources by analyzing their historical contexts.
METHODS OF EVALUATION
grading scale is: A=100-90, B=89-80, C=79-70, D=69-60, F=59-0. Borderline
grades will be determined by the additional element of class participation.
Student grades will be derived from an average of:
Exam 1 (25%); Exam 2 (25%);
and a Final Exam (35%)
The examinations will cover all material presented in the
classroom as well as assigned readings. The format of the exams will include
multiple-choice, true/false, matching, listing, identification/short essays,
and essay questions. If – because of a legitimate,
serious, and excused reason - a student is unable to take an exam at the
required time and date, the make-up exam will involve a greater amount of essay
materials, with no opportunity for extra credit. The final is comprehensive,
including material from Exams 1 and 2.
Term Paper (10%) DUE DATE: Friday February 4
Information about this paper is
provided at the end of the handout.
Several quizzes will be
assigned over the course of the semester. Several readings will be assigned,
with a written and/or oral grading component. Occasional assignments will count
as quiz grades. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. Excessive absences will
lead to a subtraction of grade points. At the end of the course, the instructor
will assign a grade in this area, based on the quiz scores, completed
assignments, attendance, and class participation.
Extra Credit (up to +5%)
will have an opportunity to earn up to five percentage points of extra credit.
More information will be forthcoming.
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. This
includes plagiarism, purchasing of tests & research papers, using
information or work that was not your own, etc. To plagiarize is to take and
use ideas and passages from another's work, while representing them as your
own. Students caught involved in any of the aforementioned will be subject to
sanctions determined by the instructor ranging from warnings, grade reduction,
and failure or withdrawal from the course or referral to the college
administration for further action.
Generally my classes
operate with a relaxed atmosphere. I encourage and reward positive class
participation. Students who have questions are always encouraged to ask.
Negative behavior, including cheating, sleeping, working on other assignments,
talking, habitually coming in late, regularly absent from class, and engaging
in other offensive behavior, is grounds for being dropped or given a lower
grade. Students will be warned once to correct such behavior, then asked to leave.
not the instructor - are responsible for their work. The student has the
responsibility to complete all assigned material. Students have a maximum time
of two weeks to make up missed materials. All
late work will be penalized.
not the instructor - are responsible for their success. College policy requires
attendance to be taken at each class meeting. Each student is expected to
attend all classes and be on time. Effective communication, inside and outside
of official classroom time, is vital to make the learning experience a success.
An important part of college life involves personal responsibility. The student
has the responsibility to withdraw from the class when the student decides to
quit working. This is accomplished through the office of student services. A student who disappears without
explanation will receive a failing grade.
Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2: America
Lecture 3: European Contact
Lecture 4: English America- Southern
Lecture 5: English America- Northern
Lecture 6: English America- Middle Colonies
Lecture 7: Slavery in America
Lecture 8: British American Society
Lecture 9: New France & New Spain
10: Imperial America
11: The Road to Revolution
12: Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
Lecture 13: Revolutionary Era Politics
14: Confederation America
16: The Federalist Era, 1788-1800
17: Jeffersonian Democracy
18: The Corps of Discovery
Lecture 19: The War of 1812
Lecture 20: Sectionalism and Economic Growth
Lecture 21: The Era of Good Feelings
Lecture 22: American Diplomacy, 1817-1825
Lecture 23: Election of 1824
25: Political Events, 1836-1844
26: National Expansion
27: Mexican War
28: The South, Slavery, and Sectionalism
29: The North, Immigration, and
30: Religion and Society
31: Crisis of the 1850s
32: Election of 1860
33: The War Between the States (I)
34: The War Between the States (II)
Lecture 35: 1865
I will be available before and after class, during my
scheduled office hours on campus, and available for meetings at other times
that are mutually convenient. I will attempt to help each student with problems
as they arise.
HISTORY TERM PAPER Spring Semester
Interview an older person about a specific event or set of
events. Please name your source, and give at least a brief biography of the
person. Disclose your relationship to the person. Explain why they were
important, and why you chose the person as well as the significance of the event(s).
Write a report summarizing your findings. Examples: The attack on Pearl Harbor (a specific event); The Cold War (a
set or series of events).
Your term paper should be
at least three pages typed. The
paper should follow a standard style. Papers must be typed and double-spaced,
using only 10 or 12 point type, except for the title page which may be in a
larger font. Include a separate title page which includes the title of your
paper, your name, the class number, and the date. Include a separate
bibliography page with all relevant information on your sources. Pages should
be stapled together.
History papers are based on
historical information. The source of that information must be cited. At
least one letter grade will be deducted from papers which do not follow this
standard. Please use a standard style.
At minimum, the use of six sources is required. Any
combination of legitimate sources, such as books, newspaper/magazine articles,
computer information resources, and television programs, is acceptable. Papers
having less than six sources will be penalized 10% for each shortfall.
Organizing and Conducting the
When preparing to conduct the interview, try to plan ahead
to know what topic you want to focus on. Examine at least three sources
beforehand to familiarize yourself with the topic at hand. Prepare a list of
questions for the interview. Put the simplest questions, like biographical
data, at the beginning, and the more complex or sensitive questions at the end.
You need not follow this list exactly as other questions will arise during the
interview. Interviews are generally improved by giving the interviewee a list
of your questions beforehand.
Some tips to make your interview as thorough, accurate, and
successful as possible:
as much as you can about the interviewee before you go to the interview.
to conduct the interview in a place and time comfortable for the interviewee,
away from noise and distractions.
polite and respectful. Be sure the
interviewee understands what will be done with the interview, and be careful to
protect his/her privacy and rights.
your interview with simple biographical information.
use of recording equipment- audio or video- can enhance the experience and make
writing your paper easier. Keep in mind that some people are nervous about
being recorded. This recording could become an important piece of family
aware that there can be subject areas out of your reach. Do not alienate the
interviewee by pressing too hard for information he or she does not want to
can be a stressful and tiring process.
Be careful, especially with older subjects, to watch for fatigue.
“thank-you” and/or send a thank-you note to your interviewee. Remember that they are assisting you.
Your paper should be
written carefully with attention to the subject matter, style, spelling, and
punctuation. Papers are expected to be clear and coherent, of college-level
quality. Sources should be cited within the paper. Your paper should be
grammatically correct and free of typographical errors. Papers with large
numbers of errors will be returned for correction. Carefully proofread your
paper, and then have a friend proofread for you. Use your spell check program,
your grammar check program, and even a dictionary. Ask for help (as early as
possible) from the instructor if you need it. Students who have concerns
regarding their writing skills are urged to seek assistance, beginning with the
Success Center, which provides a variety
of academic services to all students.