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College of Southern Nevada, West Charleston Campus History 101, Section 3008 Call # 30351 Spring Semester 2012

TuTh 6:00 – 7:20 P.M. Classroom: I-214

Richard D. Lester, Part-Time Instructor Instructor Mail Box: C-269 Office Hours: Before and after class, and by appointment E-Mail: richard.lester@csn.edu

UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1877

COURSE THEMES

This course is an introductory United States history survey course, which examines early American history from the pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction. The course meets the college’s U.S. Constitution requirement. English 101 is a prerequisite. The course will examine how a group of English colonies with very different economies and social structures became a unified nation, the United States, only to fall apart in a civil war over the issue of slavery and to be reconstituted as very different nation. The main themes of the course will include European colonial expansion in North America and the resulting cultural interactions and conflicts between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans; the struggle to create an independent nation from a group of very different colonies; the early nineteenth century “Market Revolution” and its impact on American society; and the causes and consequences of the sectional conflict over the expansion of slavery. A larger theme will be the striking contradiction between the new nation’s democratic ideals and the realities of early American society, particularly its racial and gender hierarchies. For many people, the United States provided much greater freedom and economic opportunity than other societies at the time. Nevertheless, the United States also denied this freedom and opportunity to many others, basing much of its economy on slavery, dispossessing Native Americans of their lands, and denying women full political participation and legal rights.

REQUIRED TEXTS (available for purchase at the CSN Bookstore)

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! Third Seagull Edition, Volume One (To 1877) Eric Foner, editor. Voices of Freedom. Third Edition, Volume One Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

which provides supplementary online materials to accompany Eric Foner. study outlines for each chapter. (8)Students will enhance their critical thinking and writing skills. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (1)Students will gain greater knowledge of United States history from the pre . (7)Students will better understand the sectional controversy over slavery and the causes of the Civil War. (3)Students will better understand the development of slavery in North America and its impact on early American society. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING There will be two midterms. a final examination and three quizzes. There will also be a grade for student attendance and participation. Final course grades will be based on the following point assignments and percentages: First Midterm 200 Points or 20% . (2)Students will better understand the European colonization of the western hemisphere and the resulting cultural interactions and conflicts between Europeans. students are encouraged to make use of any of the online materials which they find useful for their own study. (5)Students will better understand the United States constitution and the development of American political institutions. Give Me Liberty! These materials include online videos of Eric Foner answering questions about United States history.wwnorton. interactive Flash Cards and an interactive Chrono-Sequencer.com/foner. iMaps.Columbian era through 1877.There is a Study Space website. Africans and Native Americans. (6)Students will better understand the impact of the “Market Revolution” on American society. a paper. The Study Space website may be accessed at www. (4)Students will better understand the causes and consequences of the American struggle for independence. Map worksheets. Although I have not assigned any of the materials on the Study Space website.

D. places. Final course grades will be determined based on a thousand point scale. due on May 1. No outside research will be necessary.= 895-924. The grading scale will be as follows: A = 925-1000. The final examination will be given in the final examination period for this class on May 17.= 695-724. B = 825-864. Grades will be based on an absolute scale and will not be “curved. 2012. May 15. particularly the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. 2012. If a student has a genuine reason why he or she cannot possibly turn in the paper in class or on time. C. Identification questions will require you to write a short paragraph identifying and evaluating the historical significance of important persons. B.” you will receive a grade based on the total points you have received for the assignments you have completed.= 595-624. the paper must be turned in no later than Tuesday of finals week. if you have missed assignments worth a significant number of points. The second midterm will be given on April 10. The paper must be turned in to me in class on the due date. Both midterms and the final exam will consist of essay and identification questions. B+ = 865-894. On the examinations. Paper topics will be distributed in class on April 3. late papers will be penalized by a third of a grade for each additional day late. 2012. In order to receive credit for the paper. events or ideas discussed in the course. Your paper should be an analysis of the readings. this grade is unlikely to be a passing grade. D = 625-664. After that.” Examinations: The first midterm will be given on February 28. you will be responsible for all lecture material and class discussions as well as for the assigned readings. The paper will be a critical paper analyzing the assigned readings in the course. 2012. D+ = 665-694. he or she must contact me before the due date to make an alternative arrangement for submitting the paper. 2012. Paper: There will be a 5-6 page paper. A. . 2012. Papers submitted one day late will not be penalized. C+ =765-794. C = 725-764. Typically. F = Below 595. not simply a summary or description of the readings.= 795-824.Second Midterm Final Examination Paper Attendance/Participation/ Quizzes 200 Points or 20% 200 Points or 20% 200 Points or 20% 200 Points or 20% If you do not complete all of the required course work but do not formally withdraw from the course or seek and receive an “Incomplete.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE ONE IMPORTANT EXCEPTION TO THIS POLICY: IT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE DISCUSSION FORUMS CREATED IN THE . the quizzes should be relatively easy. If you miss a quiz. Students will be required to submit a total of three postings of their own on three separate discussion forums. Makeup quizzes will only be given if a student has a valid reason for missing the quiz given in class and will typically be significantly different than the quiz given in class. You should do the assigned reading before each class meeting.” After a discussion forum is created. you should come to class prepared to participate actively. Online Discussion Forums: In addition to class attendance and in class participation. (Students may submit a comment on the same discussion forum as a posting) Comments should genuinely add to the discussion rather than simply agreeing with or restating other students’ postings or comments. Excellent class participation will be taken into account in determining the attendance/participation portion of the course grade. Attendance will be taken and a large number of unexcused absences will adversely affect your attendance/participation grade. Section 3008 on Angel. students will have two weeks to submit postings and/or comments. In addition to attending all class meetings (except for excused absences). your absence will be excused and will not adversely affect your attendance/participation grade. Dates for quizzes will typically be announced in class a week in advance. new material will be introduced in class. If you have a genuine reason for missing a class meeting. you should let me know as soon as possible so that the absence is counted as excused. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a genuine reason for missing class.Quizzes: There will be three multiple choice quizzes given in class during the term. Attendance/In Class Participation: This course requires your active participation. The other quiz will be thirty minutes and will focus on the United States Constitution and its historical context. As a result. Students who miss class due to illness should arrange to get the notes for any missed classes from one of their classmates. such as illness. If you are coming to class and keeping up with the reading. In addition. Postings will receive a letter grade while comments will be marked “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory. you must arrange for a makeup quiz immediately. Two of the quizzes will be fifteen minute quizzes and will focus primarily on whether you are keeping up with the readings. Students also will be required to submit two comments on other students’ postings on separate discussion forums. attendance is REQUIRED at all class meetings. the attendance/participation grade will also be based on participation in discussions on the online discussion forums for History 101.

) At the instructor’s discretion. the student must contact . If. 2012. It is unnecessary to use any outside sources. the instructor may require that. In postings. as student comments in a class discussion would. personal or family emergency which makes it virtually impossible for a student to take the scheduled examination. Tuesday of finals week. in order to receive extra credit for postings. they must be submitted by May 15. Beyond the three required postings. citations to these sources must be provided. failure to provide citations to outside sources could be considered to be a violation of CSN’s Academic Integrity policy (described later in this syllabus). the student must contact the instructor before the scheduled examination is given (at least a week in advance if the reason for missing the scheduled examination is a college sanctioned extracurricular activity or is known well in advance ). You may only receive extra credit for one posting per discussion forum.LAST TWO WEEKS OF THE TERM. Depending upon the circumstances. In order to arrange for a makeup examination. For comments. it is absolutely impossible for the student to contact the instructor before the scheduled examination. Because the discussion forum postings and comments are intended as discussion rather than a formal written assignment. postings may be submitted for extra credit. They should not simply restate the course material but expand upon it. the student is responsible for deleting the posting or comment before the discussion forum closes. (Please note that you will not receive extra credit for submitting more than the two required comments. or a genuinely dire medical.) Postings and comments should be submitted as independent posts on the discussion forums rather than as replies to the discussion questions or to other students’ postings. you should clearly indicate on the subject line or in the text that it is a comment on another student’s posting and should also indicate which posting the comment refers to. repeated infractions of the policies governing discussion forums (including those policies discussed in the Course Policies section of this syllabus) may lead to students not receiving credit for postings and comments which fail to comply with these policies. in order to receive credit for postings and comments. Postings for extra credit must be submitted on different discussion forums than the required postings. If outside sources are used. typically either a religious holiday. At the instructor’s discretion. Discussion forum postings and comments should be based on the course material covered in class and assigned readings. 2012. due to the nature of the emergency. At the instructor’s discretion. they must be submitted by May 15. participation in a college sanctioned extracurricular activity. Tuesday of finals week. however. you should clearly indicate in the subject line which discussion question you are responding to. If a student posts a posting or comment in error (either double posting or posting on the incorrect discussion forum). up to a maximum of 50 points extra credit. COURSE POLICIES Makeup examinations will only be permitted for a valid reason. citations are unnecessary if the only sources used are readings assigned in this course. the instructor may require that.

In addition. The student may be required to produce adequate documentation of the reason for missing the scheduled examination. One common form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Adequate documentation of a student’s reason for seeking an “Incomplete” may be required. If the instructor does not show up at the regularly scheduled class time and there is no note on the door indicating that the class has been canceled. submitting someone else’s paper as your own work. Cheating and plagiarism are also subject to penalties listed in the CSN Student Academic Integrity Policy. or copying words or ideas from an Internet website and submitting them as your own work are all forms of plagiarism. students should wait for at least twenty minutes before leaving. Repeated infractions may lead to suspensions. other than the grading. plagiarism also includes summarizing evidence. transcript notations. Plagiarism essentially is stealing someone else’s words or ideas. make it impossible for the student to complete the remainder of the term. an “Incomplete” will only be given if circumstances outside a student’s control. may be subject to change with advance notice. Cheating and plagiarism also mean that you do not acquire the writing and critical thinking skills you should acquire as a result of taking this course.edu/studentacademicintegrity). In both in class and online discussions. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY You are expected to complete your own work in this class. Buying a term paper and submitting it as your own work. or family emergency. Grades of “Incomplete” will only be given if a student has completed most of the semester and the required coursework. Although word for word use of a source without quotation marks or citations is the most obvious form of plagiarism. typically a genuinely dire medical. . The minimum penalty for violating the Academic Integrity Policy is to fail the assignment. factual information or ideas from a source without acknowledging your source. personal.the instructor immediately afterwards. students should observe appropriate standards of civility at all times (including appropriate online “netiquette”) and should treat their fellow students with respect. All information contained in this syllabus. makeup work and attendance policies. and other sanctions. They should not engage in private conversations during class and should keep cellular telephones silent at all times while class is in session. Please make yourself familiar with the college’s Student Academic Integrity Policy (http://www. Cheating on exams or plagiarism on papers is not fair to students who are honestly studying. expulsion. as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Failing the course will also be considered as a penalty. depending upon the seriousness of the infraction.csn. Students should arrive to class on time and should not walk in late. Students are expected to observe proper classroom decorum and to be considerate of their fellow students at all times. late assignments. taking someone else’s words or ideas and misrepresenting them as your own without adequately acknowledging their source.

clarifying values and priorities. These resources include CSN’s tutorial services. managing anxiety (test taking. CSN RESOURCES Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources CSN provides to promote student success. in Building C – Computer Lab (651-3187) on the Henderson campus. understanding and improving relationships. you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for coordination of your academic accommodations. Students must comply with all rules set by the instructor regarding the unauthorized use of books and notes during examinations. in Room 2100 of the library on the Cheyenne campus (651-4232). Papers which draw factual information or ideas from other sources must acknowledge these sources. word for word language taken from other sources – books. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES If you have a documented disability that may require assistance. managing stress. CSN Writing Centers are located in Building C – Room 112 on the Charleston campus (651-7402). papers. and in Building C – Computer Lab on the Henderson campus (651-3125). public speaking. and diversity issues. first generation college students. career exploration and additional services through TRIO Student Support Services.edu/plagiarism. coping with learning disabilities.) . coping with grief or loss. increasing self-confidence and assertiveness. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the additional information on plagiarism and proper citation of sources available on the website for the CSN libraries at http://libguides. and in the Telecom Building – Room 1707 on the Cheyenne campus (651-4101). dealing with traumatic experiences. In addition to tutoring services. CAPS can help with depression. websites – must be placed in quotation marks and the source must be identified. CSN tutorial services are located in Building D – Room 203 on the Charleston campus (651-5732).com. please visit http://www. there are CSN Writing Centers which provide free assistance on writing papers. CSN Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of free and confidential services which are aimed at helping CSN students to achieve their personal and academic goals. Tutorial services provides up to twelve hours of free tutoring for a three credit hour course.In this course. The telephone number for the West Charleston and Henderson offices of CAPS is 651-5518 (appointments with the Henderson office are made through the West Charleston office).smarthinking.csn. No appointment is necessary. For additional information about CSN tutorial services. financial aid eligible students. etc.csn. which provide four hours of free tutoring per credit hour in a variety of subjects. Cheyenne and Henderson campuses.edu/tutoring/. There are CAPS offices at the West Charleston. academic advising. In addition. and students with disabilities may receive tutoring. Work on tests and examinations must also be your own work. located in Room 1120 on the Cheyenne campus (651-4441). The telephone number for the Cheyenne office of CAPS is 651-4099. CSN students may also receive free online assistance on writing papers through Smarthinking at www. The .

which will provide up to 200 black and white copies at 5 cents a page or 40 color copies at 25 cents a page. PRINT WISE SYSTEM Printing in CSN classrooms. After that. proctors.edu/printwise. Print Wise provides CSN students with a $10 credit toward printing at the start of each semester. 1-3. For West Charleston the number is 6515644. designed to help save natural and fiscal resources. More information about the Print Wise system may be found at www. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your disability. It is the responsibility of each student to maintain his or her printing accounts to cover printing expenses during each semester. in order for academic accommodations to be provided. xix-xxiv 1/31 and 2/2 EUROPEAN COLONIAL EXPANSION AND THE FIRST ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN EUROPEANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS READING: Foner.DRC is located in Student Services on each campus. 7-20 . Give Me Liberty!. for Cheyenne the number is 651-4045. Give Me Liberty!.csn. This office hires students as note takers. pp. a student may put money into his or her account online or at a CSN Cashier’s Office to purchase additional prints at the same rate. 1 Foner. scribes and research assistants as needed. Ch. and for Henderson the number is 651-3795. stop by the DRC to fill out a job interest card. you must contact the DRC and I must have official notification from the DRC indicating which academic accommodations you are entitled to. pp. COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change with notice) 1/24 INTRODUCTION TO COURSE 1/26 WHAT IS HISTORY? READING: Foner. computer labs and libraries falls under the new Print Wise initiative. Voices of Freedom. Nevertheless. For those students who would like to perform community service or earn extra money.

pp. Give Me Liberty!. pp. 3 (pp. Ch. Give Me Liberty!. 5 Foner. Ch. Ch. 2 Foner. 4-6. 61-68 2/21 and 2/23 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COLONIAL AMERICA READING: Foner. 4 (pp. Give Me Liberty!. Voices of Freedom. 68-81 2/28 3/1 and 3/6 FIRST MIDTERM RISING TENSIONS BETWEEN THE COLONIES AND GREAT BRITAIN READING: Foner. 21-44 2/14 and 2/16 THE ORIGINS OF SLAVERY IN NORTH AMERICA READING: Foner. 145-175 ONLY) Foner. Give Me Liberty!. Voices of Freedom. Ch. pp. 4 (pp. pp. Voices of Freedom. 45-47. Voices of Freedom. 130-145 ONLY) Foner. 105-129 ONLY) and Ch.2/7 and 2/9 CONTRASTING ENGLISH COLONIAL SOCIETIES: VIRGINIA AND MASSACHUSETTS BAY READING: Foner. 3 (pp. 88-104 ONLY) and Ch. 52-60. 47-52. 82-92 .

116-126. A-21 – A-29 (the Constitution and the first ten amendments) Foner. Voices of Freedom. Give Me Liberty!. pp. 7 The Constitution of the United States in Foner. 104-115 3/19-3/25 SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS. A-18 – A-20 3/13 and 3/15 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: ITS POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES READING: Foner. pp. HAVE A GOOD BREAK!) 3/27 and 3/29 CREATING A NEW NATION READING: Foner. 92-100. Give Me Liberty!. Voices of Freedom. 126-130 The Declaration of Independence in Foner.3/8 THE DEBATE OVER INDEPENDENCE READING: Foner. pp. 6 Foner. 101-104. Give Me Liberty!. pp. pp. Give Me Liberty!. Ch. Voices of Freedom. 130-133 . Ch.

Give Me Liberty!. pp. 11 Foner. v-xiv. 188-193 Douglass. pp. Voices of Freedom. Give Me Liberty!. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. 8 Foner. 12 Foner. Give Me Liberty!. 221-244 . Give Me Liberty!. pp. pp. 47-105 4/12 and 4/17 4/19 and 4/24 THE SOUTHERN COTTON ECONOMY AND THE EXPANSION OF SLAVERY READING: Foner. Voices of Freedom. Voices of Freedom. Ch. Ch. Chs. 134-156 Frederick Douglass. 157-180. Narrative. 1-46 4/10 SECOND MIDTERM THE “MARKET REVOLUTION” AND THE SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE NORTH READING: Foner. 106-140 4/26 ABOLITIONISM AND OTHER REFORM MOVEMENTS READING: Foner. pp. pp. Ch. 9 and 10 Foner. 4/3 READING: Foner. Voices of Freedom. pp. 200-216 Douglass.4/3 and 4/5 JEFFERSONIAN AMERICA PAPER TOPICS DISTRIBUTED IN CLASS. Narrative.

READING: Foner.5/1 and 5/3 WESTWARD EXPANSION. MAY 17. Give Me Liberty!. 6:00 – 7:20 P. 279-303. 13 Foner. Chs. R ECONSTRUCTION AND “A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM” READING: Foner.M. Voices of Freedom. 306-320 5/15 REVIEW SESSION FINAL EXAMINATION THURSDAY. 14 and 15 Foner. Ch. 185-188. 245-268 5/8 and 5/10 SECESSION AND CIVIL WAR. 5/1. 269-277. Voices of Freedom. GROWING SECTIONAL TENSIONS OVER SLAVERY. AND THE SECTIONAL CRISIS OF THE 1850S PAPERS DUE IN CLASS. . Give Me Liberty!.pp. pp. EMANCIPATION. 2012.