US History 1 Fall 2016 Secs 23 & 30

Basics for Fall Semester 2016:
Location: B1900
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Section 30: 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Section 23: 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Required Text
James L. Roark, et al, Understanding The American Promise: A Brief History of the United States to 1877, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition (Boston: Bedford Books, 2014) ISBN: 9781457639807.

Other readings will be provided from online links below.

Alternate Text
James L. Roark, et al, Understanding The American Promise: A Brief History of the United States to 1877, Vol. 1, 1st Edition (Boston: Bedford Books, 2011) ISBN: 9781457608476. Available in Reserve Readings in GGC’s Library.

Grading Summary

Task Max Value
Twitter Participation 150 points
Document Leader 30 points
Source Evaluation Paper 150 points
Online Quizzes 120 points
Test 1
150 points
Test 2
150 points
Test 3
150 points
Total: 900 points


Grade Scale

above 809 points A
720 – 809 points B
630 – 719 points C
540 – 629 points D
below 540 points F

 Important Dates

August 21
Drop/Add Ends
August 23
Document Choice Due
September 15
Test 1
October 5
Last Day to Drop with a W
October 13
Test 2
October 20
Source Evaluation Paper Due
November 22 & 24
Thanksgiving Break (No Class)
December 1
Test 3

Class Participation: Class attendance and participation is expected of all students. Consistent tardiness is not only rude, it is disruptive of your classmates learning processes. If you know you need to leave class early, you should tell the instructor at the start of class, and position yourself near to the door so as to minimize the disruption of class when you leave. Roaming about class or leaving to the bathroom is also disruptive and will not be tolerated. Similarly, non-emergency uses of telecommunications are disruptive. Disrupting class in any fashion may result in deductions from a student’s course grade.

Twitter Participation: Students will be expected to sign-up for a twitter account under an alias for this class and then tweet class notes and questions under that alias every class using the class hash tag (#GGC16fHist2111). Each student will provide the alias to the instructor so that the tweets may be monitored. For each week of valid tweets of class materials, notes of class material, questions about readings, answers to other student questions, etc, the student will be awarded up to ten points for a total of 150 points over the course of the semester.

Online Quizzes: There will be an online quiz to be completed prior to coming to class as listed in the reading schedule. You have 20 minutes to answer 10 questions, and can take the quiz as many times as you like. Your recorded grade will be the highest score of all your attempts, and each attempt will be a different quiz from any other attempted. Once class begins, the quiz will be turned off so that nobody can take it during class. The next quiz will be turned on as soon as the time spent in class ends. There are 12 online quizzes, which is approximately once per week, but I reserve the right to give additional in-class pop quizzes to determine if you remember what you did online. You may not make up any missed quizzes; they will count as zeros. The quizzes can include multiple choice, sequence of events, map questions, essays, or short answer questions, at the instructor’s discretion. Each quiz counts 10 points for a total of 120 points.

Tests: There will be three tests in this course, which will count a total of 450 points.

Test 1 will be taken in class on September 15, and will count 150 points.
Test 2 will be taken in class on October 13, and will count 150 points.
Test 3 will be taken in class on December 1, and will count 150 points.

Make-up tests for any missed exam will take place at my discretion. If you know in advance that you must miss the midterm, you must contact me in advance to let me know. If you fail to contact me in a timely manner after missing an exam, I will not permit the make-up. Written documentation of any excuse is always required to allow a make-up.

Tests may include multiple choice questions, sequences of events timelines, map questions, and short answer listing questions. There will always be an essay question on the tests in this class. It will count approximately 50% of the grade for each test.

Primary Document Project: The primary document project consists of two parts: leading a classroom discussion of a primary document selected from a list provided by the instructor on the day assigned, and writing a source evaluation paper of the same primary source selected by the student. Rubrics will be provided for each step of the project.

Document Discussion Leader: 30 points of your course grade will come from leading a 10 minute discussion of a historical document in class. The sign-up sheet is located in the GROUPS tab of D2L, and you should self-enroll yourself to the document of your choice. The documents will be the ones embedded in the on-line syllabus located in D2L.Remember that the document you choose will affect your choices in your source evaluation project.

Source Evaluation Paper: Each student will write a 5 page paper that evaluates the primary source chosen by the student to lead a discussion. Your paper should briefly summarize the document, place it within the historical event to which it belongs, analyze the importance of the document and then explore audience and voice of the document. An outline of your paper will be provided by the instructor, along with a rubric for grading your final product. The Source Evaluation Paper will count 150 points, and is due October 20. A 20 point per day penalty will be applied for late submissions.

Reading Assignments

2e = Roark, et al, Understanding the American Promise, Second Edition
1e = Roark, et al, Understanding the American Promise, First EditionAll other assignments can be found using the embedded Web-Links.

All readings should be completed before coming to class for the date listed

August 16
Course Introduction

SyllabusAugust 18
Invasion of America

2e: 28-53
1e: 30-53.

August 21
Drop/Add Ends

August 23
Colonial Chesapeake

2e: 54-72
1e: 54-73

[Click Here to access link] Indentured Servant writes home.
[Click Here] Bacon’s Rebellion

August 25
Carolina & Middle Passage
2e: 73-81, 123-129
1e: 74-81, 123-128.

[Click Here] Middle Passage
[Click Here] Stono Rebellion
Read both pages on Stono Rebellion

August 30
Founding New England

2e: 82-94
1e: 82-95.

[Click Here] Model of Christian Charity
[Click Here] Anne Hutchinson Trial Start where it says “Gov.: Let us state the case, and then we may know what to do.” And then read to the end.

September 1
From Puritan to Yankee

2e: 94-97, 104-109
1e: 95-98, 103-109.

[Click Here] Half-Way Covenant
[Click Here] King Philip’s War

September 6
Middle Colonies

2e: 98-103, 110-122
1e: 99-102, 110-133.

[Click Here] William Penn’s Charter of Privileges
[Click Here] Great Awakening Read the section entitled

September 8
War for the Empire

2e: 130-149
1e: 129-147.

[Click Here] Albany Plan of Union

September 13
Ideology & Crises of Empire

2e: 150-171
1e: 148-174.

[Click Here] Time Line of the events leading to the American Revolution
[Click Here] Stamp Act Congress
Skim this document
[Click Here] Boston Massacre Propaganda
Read this page, then explore the link to all the images.

September 15
Test 1

September 20

2e: 172-196
1e: 175-195.

[Click Here] Loyalists
[Click Here] British View of American Women during the Revolution

September 22
Revolution & Counter-Revolution

2e: 197-233
1e: 196-223

[Click Here] Constitution Time Line
[Click Here] Northwest Ordinance How is this a strength of the Articles of Confederation?
[Click Here] Federalist No. 10 What is the main point of this political tract?

September 27

2e: 234-259
1e: 224-247.

[Click Here] The Sedition Act
[Click Here] Virginia Resolves

September 29

2e: 260-276
1e: 248-256.

[Click Here] Marbury v Madison

October 4
War of 1812

2e: 276-279
1e: 257-265.

[Click Here] Hartford Convention

October 5
Last Day to Withdraw from Classes without Penalty

October 6
Rising Sectional & Political Conflicts

2e: 284-293, 304-307, 310-312
1e: 266-275, 284-286, 290-292.

[Click Here] Missouri Compromise
[Click Here] SC Ordinance of Nullification

October 11
Indian Removal

2e: 308-310, 319-324
1e: 287-289.

[Click Here] Indian Removal
[Click Here] Cherokee Protest

October 13
Test 2

October 18
Market Revolution

2e: 294-296, 301-302
1e: 276-283.
Source Evaluation Paper Due

October 20
Transportation & Industrial Revolutions

2e: 297-301, 326-335
1e: 299-315.

[Click Here] “View on the Erie Canal” by John William Hill, 1830-1832.
[Click Here] Lowell Mill Girls

October 25
Second Great Awakening

2e: 313-316, 339, 350-354
1e: 293-295, 319, 328-329.

[Click Here] Brook Farm

October 27
Reform Movements

2e: 280-253, 316-318
1e: 296-298, 329-335.

[Click Here] Women’s Rights

November 1
Cotton Kingdom

2e: 358-370
1e: 336-250.

[Click Here] Northern Economic
Support of Slavery

November 3
Plantation Life

2e: 371-387
1e: 351-363.

[Click Here] Cruelty of Slavery
Read pp 22-24 Narrative of Sarah Grimke
[Click Here] Confessions of
Nat Turner
Read the introduction thoroughly
and then skim the rest of this document

November 8
Manifest Destiny

2e: 336-349, 355-357
1e: 316-327, 364-3681.

[Click Here] Texas Republic’s Treaty of Velasco
[Click Here] Wilmot Proviso, 1846

November 10
Failure to Compromise

2e: 390-414
1e: 369-383.

[Click Here] Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
[Click Here] John Brown

November 15
Secession & Civil War

2e: 414-421
1e: 383-393.

[Click Here] 1860 Presidential Campaign Poster
[Click Here] Mississippi’s Secession Declaration

November 17
Total War & Emancipation

2e: 442-455
1e: 394-407, 412-425.

[Click Here] Photo of Confederate Dead gathered for burial after Battle of Antietam
[Click Here] Emancipation Proclamation


Thanksgiving Break
November 22 & 24

November 29
Reconstruction & Redemption

2e: 456-485
1e: 408-411, 426-453.

[Click Here] Black Codes
[Click Here] Northern Political Cartoon on Black Rights
[Click Here] Klu Klux Klan Terrorism

December 1
Test 3