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HIST2300.164

American History before 1877

Fall 2017
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00–11:50

 

Instructor: Dr. Mark Stoll
Office: HH 135     Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10:00–10:50 a.m., and by appointment
E-mail: Mark.Stoll@ttu.edu     Web: http://www.markstoll.net/

 

Melanie Highsmith
melanie.highsmith@ttu.edu
A through Green
Office: HH151A-B
Hours: Mon. 3:30-5; Thu. 12:30-2
Duncan Knox
duncan.knox@ttu.edu
Greene through Phillips
Office: HH151A-B
Hours: Mon. 1-2; Wed. 2-3; Fri. 9:30-10:30
Mani Gilmore
mansell.gilmore@ttu.edu
Plattner through Z
Office: HH151A-B
Hours: Mon. 12-1; Wed. 10-11; Fri. 12-1

Textbooks:

William Cronon, Changes in the Land
Study Questions

Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer
Study Questions

Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz, Kingdom of Matthias
Study Questions

Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion
Study Questions

Philip Jenkins, A History of the United States, 5th ed.

Read chapters in A History of the United States that complement each lecture topic, as described in the course schedule. To prepare for the first exam, read the book by Cronon and answer the study questions. Read Ellis and answer the study questions to prepare for the second exam. Read Johnson & Wilentz and answer the study questions to prepare for the third exam. Read Dew and answer the study questions to prepare for the final.

Format: Lecture

Grading:

·         There will be four examinations. Students must bring bluebooks on exam days.

·         All make-up exams will be given on the last Tuesday of classes only.

·         Each midterm counts 22% of the final grade; the final counts 34%.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken in class. Students with perfect attendance will receive a bonus of 3 points on their final grades. Students who miss more than 2 classes will lose 1 point off their final grades for each absence over two. Absences may be excused with written evidence of dire need, that is, death in the family, hospitalization, illness, etc. Students who have been absent shall present written excuses to the professor.

The jargon part that no one reads but has to be here:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Core Foundational Component Area Criteria Description: Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. (1,2) Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role. (1,2) THECB Core Objectives Description Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. (1,2) Communication Skills: To include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication. (1,2) Personal Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making. (1,2) Social Responsibility: To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities. (1,2) Texas Tech University College-Level Core Competency Statement Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate an understanding of the historical origins of the United States and be able to identify and describe the importance of key individuals and events in United States history. (1,2) Texas Tech University Core Student Learning Outcomes: Identify and explain the origins and evolution of the political systems and political cultures that have shaped the United States. (1,2) Identify and analyze the various social and cultural factors that have shaped the daily experiences of people living in the U.S. (1) Develop and demonstrate analytical arguments in written and/or oral forms, related to American history. (1) Assessment of Learning Outcomes: (1) Exams (1) Reading quizzes.

Electronics in the Classroom: Because electronic devices distract both the student and other students around them, all electronic devices must be turned off during class time. This means no texting or other use of cell phones, and no laptops. Laptops may be used only if the instructor gives permission, but students must use the computer for class-related activities only, such as note-taking. This means no e-mail, social media, Internet surfing, video watching, or other non-academic activities. Students using unauthorized electronic devices during class will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day. If, during an exam, a student is seen using any electronic device, the exam will be collected immediately at that moment and receive a failing grade. Why? See "Electronics and the College Student."

Map quiz: Because geography shapes and influences history, students must know the basic facts of U.S. geography. All students will be required to pass a geography map test. This test will require students to locate, on an outline map of the U.S., 20 of the features named on the following list. A passing score is 80%. The test will be taken during the fist full week of class. Students will have opportunities to retake the map quiz if they fail, but must pass before 5:00 p.m., October 19. Students must be able to locate the following on an outline map:

All 50 states by name

Rio Grande

Washington, D.C.

Canada

Appalachian Mountains

New York City

Mexico

Rocky Mountains

Philadelphia

Pacific Ocean

Sierra Nevada

Boston

Gulf of Mexico

Cascade Range

Atlanta

Atlantic Ocean

All 5 Great Lakes by name

Chicago

St. Lawrence River

Great Salt Lake

New Orleans

Hudson River

Puget Sound

St. Louis

Ohio River

Great Basin

Denver

Mississippi River

Great Plains

Santa Fe

Missouri River

Chesapeake Bay

Salt Lake City

Arkansas River

Florida Keys

Los Angeles

Columbia River

Cape Cod

San Francisco

Colorado River

Cape Canaveral

Seattle

 

Long Island

 

Note: These geographical features can be found in most encyclopedias and atlases. You might also try your luck on Wikipedia or Google Maps. Attached to this syllabus is a blank map for you to practice with.


 

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Dates are tentative; the professor reserves the right to make changes.
Changes to the Web syllabus supersede earlier versions of the syllabus.

Aug 28 INTRODUCTION

Aug 30 AMERICA BEFORE CONQUEST
Jenkins chapter 1

Sep 1 AMERICA BEFORE CONQUEST
Jenkins chapter 1

Sep 4 LABOR DAY -- NO CLASS

Sep 6 EXPLORATION AND EMPIRE
Jenkins chapter 1

Map Quiz in class

Sep 8 ENGLISH COLONIZATION
Jenkins chapter 1

Sep 11 VIRGINIA
Jenkins chapter 1

Sep 13 THE REFORMATION
Jenkins chapter
1

Sep 15 THE PURITAN COLONIES: NEW ENGLAND
Jenkins chapter
1

Sep 18  THE FRENCH IN AMERICA
Jenkins chapter
1

Sep 20 THE MIDDLE COLONIES
Jenkins chapter 1

Sep 22 COLONISTS, SLAVES, AND IMMIGRANTS
Jenkins chapter
1

Sep 25 EXAMINATION #1

Sep 27 THE GREAT AWAKENING
Jenkins chapter
1

Sep 29 THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND POLITICAL IDEALS
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 2 CAUSES OF THE REVOLUTION
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 4 THE REVOLUTION
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 6 THE CONSTITUTION
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 9 CREATING THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 11 THE NEW GOVERNMENT TESTED
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 13 REPUBLICAN "REVOLUTION OF 1800"
Jenkins chapter
2

Oct 16 EXAMINATION #2

Oct 18 THE WAR OF 1812; THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Jenkins chapter
3

Oct 20 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING
Jenkins chapter
3

Oct 23 THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING
Jenkins chapter
3

Oct 25 THE ERA OF GOOD FEELING
Jenkins chapter
3

Oct 27 AGE OF JACKSON
Jenkins chapter
3

Oct 30 AGE OF JACKSON
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 1 ANTEBELLUM CULTURE
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 3 SLAVERY
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 6 ABOLITION AND "POSITIVE GOOD"
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 8 EXAMINATION #3

Nov 10 WESTWARD EXPANSION
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 13 THE MEXICAN WAR AND COMPROMISE OF 1850
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 15 RISING CONFLICT; SECESSION
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 17 THE CIVIL WAR BEGINS
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 20 THE CIVIL WAR
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 22-26 Thanksgiving Break

Nov 27 THE CIVIL WAR
Jenkins chapter
3

Nov 29 RECONSTRUCTION
Jenkins chapter
4

 Dec 1 RECONSTRUCTION
Jenkins chapter
4

Dec 4 WOMAN'S MOVEMENT; COWBOYS AND INDIANS; TROUBLES ON THE FARM
Jenkins chapter
4

Dec 5 All Make-Up Exams All Day in HH135

Dec 6 AMERICA IN THE 1870S
Jenkins chapter
4

FINAL EXAM: Saturday, December 9 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

Note: Any student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that intention known to the instructor prior to the absence. A student who is absent from class for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. See University Standard Operating Procedure 34.19.
Note: Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note: instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact Student Disability Services in West Hall or call 806-742-2405.

The professor reserves the right to change this syllabus at his discretion. Changes will be announced in class and posted on the class Webpages. © 2017 Mark R. Stoll. All rights reserved.