Dual Credit U.S. History
Course Syllabus Fall 2017
Course Number: HIST 1301
Course Title: United States History I
Course Description: A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
Course Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Meet TSI college-readiness standard for Reading and Writing; or equivalent
Student Learning Outcomes:
* State-mandated Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- Create an argument through the use of historical evidence (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).
- Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).
- Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).
Withdrawal Policy: 20 October 2017 last day to withdraw fall 2017
Collin College Academic Policies: See the current Collin Student Handbook.
Academic Dishonesty: 7-2.2 of the Collin Student Handbook
Please be aware that the professor reserves the right to give a student found responsible of any violation of the academic ethics codes by the Dean of Students Office, a failing grade in the course. Students caught cheating will be given a zero on any assignment they cheat on including tests.
Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-D140 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for
Instructors Name: Professor Maurice Atkinson Office Number: 2227 PISD
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-8:15, Mon.-Tues. 3:30-4:00, Wed. & Thurs. 4:00-8:30 in community library in Reynolds Middle school, Sun. 12:00-5:00 in community library in Reynolds Middle School.
Phone Number: 972-377-1585 Associate Faculty Division Office
Section Number: HIST 1301.PR1; HIST 1301.PR6; HIST 1301.PR7
Meeting Times: A,B,A,B,A, week 1, B,A,B,A,B week 2. Classes will meet on A and B days.
09:11 am-10:41 pm
10:47 pm-12:09 pm
Meeting Location: 2227 PISD
Give Me Liberty: Vol I 4th ed. Seagull
Secondary Sources containing Primary Source Material: Supplemental Reading will be provided by me from the following texts:
Brown, Victoria Bissell, Timothy J. Shannon. Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in American History. Vols. I & II Boston, Mass.: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2004.
Gorn, Elliot J., Randy Roberts, Terry D. Bilhartz. Constructing the American Past: A Sources Book of a People’s History. Vol. I & II New York, New York: Pearson Longman 2005.
Ver Steeg, Clarence L., Richard Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History. Vol. I New York, New York: Random House 1969
Hofstadter, Richard, Beatrice K. Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History. Vol. II & III New York, New York: Random House 1958.
Supplies: Four min-essay books/long scantron, pen/pencil, and paper.
Attendance Policy: Please be on time every day and in your seat ready to work when the bell rings. You are responsible for getting any make up work if you are absent. You are not allowed to have cell phones out in class. No late work will be accepted.
Method of Evaluation: Exams 70%:
There will be 3 major exams throughout the semester and a comprehensive final, with both objective and short answer questions. The final is comprehensive and mandatory.
Quizzes, written primary source evaluations, agree-disagree statements 30%: There will be weekly quizzes over the assigned readings. You will also be responsible for written evaluations of the supplemental readings provided by me and answering the agree- disagree statements.
Grading Scale: 90-100% A
Below 60% F
Fall Semester Course Calendar:
All of the following readings should be completed by the beginning of the week during which they will be discussed.
Each unit also utilizes discussion of and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues of one time period have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such reevaluations of the past continue to shape the way historians see the world today. These discussions are woven throughout the course, but several are explicitly presented below.
August 28th-September 28th
Reading Titles from: Give Me Liberty
Chapter 1. A New World
Chapter 2. Beginnings of English America, 1607-1660.
Constructing vol. I: John Smith Journal Powhatan’s Speech to Captain John Smith: 1609
Great Issues vol. I: Instructions for the Virginia Company, 1606
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1630-1650
The Mayflower Compact, 11 November 1629
Chapter 3. Creating Anglo-America, 1660-1750.
Constructing vol. I: Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases
Chapter 4. Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to1763.
Exam 1 Sep. 28th-29th
October 2nd- October 31st
Chapter 5. The American Revolution, 1763-1783
Great Issues vol. I: Thomas Paine: Common sense.
Great Issues vol. I: The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Chapter 6. The Revolution Within .
Chapter 7. Founding a Nation, 1783-1791.
Chapter 8. Securing the Republic, 1791-1815.
Chapter 9. The Market Revolution, 1800-1840.
Chapter 10. Democracy in America, 1815-1840.
Chapter 11. The Peculiar Institution .
Exam 2 November 1st-2nd
November 3rd-December 4th
Chapter 12. An Age of Reform, 1820-1840.
Chapter 13. A House Divided, 1840-1861.
Great Issues vol. II Dred Scott vs Sanford, 1857
Chapter 14. A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865.
Great Issues vol. II Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address November 1963
Chapter 15. “What is Freedom”: Reconstruction, 1865-1877.
Exam 3 December 5th-6th
Final Exam December 11th-17th (Exact days TBA. Information will be posted to Blackboard and announced in class).